FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS AT MURNONG GALLERY 100 HIGH ST GLEN IRIS
Amanda Wright – MOORINYA
6th May to 7th August, Murnong Gallery - 100 High St, Glen Iris
12th August to 30 October, Murnong Gallery - 100 High St, Glen Iris
The Utopia region lies 270km northwest of Alice Springs, and includes a series of pastoral stations claimed by European settlers from the 1920’s and returned to Aboriginal ownership from 1979 onwards.
Anmatyerre and Alyewerre people live in distinct outstation communities sited in relation to soakage bores. The communities have a more ongoing connection to their traditional lands than communities in the Central Desert, which means higher levels of health and well-being due to access to traditional hunting and food gathering lands. The contemporary art movement of the area began in 1977 with batik making and then in the 1990’s the painting movement emerged, including the extraordinary legacy of paintings created by Emily Kame Kngarreye.
Minnie Pwerle started painting at 80 years of age and commenced a prodigious output of vibrant, expressionist painting, using body paint imagery (Alwelye), bright colours, expressive brush strokes and round bush melon imagery.
Both Minnie and Jack Weir, station owner, had been imprisoned for their interracial union. On release from jail Minnie spent 3 months walking home with her child, Barbara Weir. At the age of 9 years, Barbara was removed from Minnie until 10 years later when she found her community and her mother once again. Minnie and Barbara painted together in Minnie’s old age. Minnie died in 2006, after also working with her sisters Emily, Galya and Molly.
Barbara Weir is the highly successful daughter of Minnie Pwerle. She held exhibitions with her mother, and is known for her experimentation, often using bush medicine leaves, grasses and seeds. Her energetic, spontaneous, style is highly sought after. Minnie Pwewrle and Barbara Weir are related to the sisters Ada, Nancy, Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre. Nancy Kunoth Petyarre and Ada Bird Petyarre are senior Utopia painters, using women’s ceremonial body painting as inspiration. Ref: McCulloch’s Contemporary Aboriginal Art – the complete guide.
November 4th 2022 - January 30th 2023, MurnongGallery - Glen Iris
Tiwi Jilamara showcases the artists from Milikapiti in the Tiwi Islands. The artists are both founding members and second generation members of the Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association in Milikapiti, which nestles in Snake Bay on the Northern side of the island looking out to the Arafura Sea. Tiwi is the shared language of Bathurst and Melville Islands and the name of the Indigenous people of the islands. Tiwi art is an expression of life in the unique environment of the islands and a culture, laws and lifestyle that have flourished for thousands of years including an ancestral past expressed through mythology and a ceremony.
The pieces appear to be abstract but are rich with symbolic meaning, and based in design from pwoja (body painting) and pukumani (burial poles). Ochres are collected on Milikapiti (Melville Island) by the Tiwi artists, then ground and made into pigment. The paintings showcase the great strength that Tiwi artists demonstrate in translating their culture into fine arts. The rich colours of the earth, the footsteps of the Tiwi ancestors and the artist's expression come together in this beautiful exhibition.
Artists include: Marietta Tidungwuti, Aileen Henry, Kitty Kutuwalumi Purawarrumpatu, Ian Cook Mungatopi, Chris Tipiloura, Janice Murray, Patrick (Andrew) Freddy Puruntatameri, Sheila Puruntatameri, Katrina Kerinauia, Mariecarmel Kerinauia, Teresina Farmer, Robert Edward Puruntatameri, Nicholas Mario, Romolo Tipiloura, Francine Timaepatua, Karen Anne Puruntatameri, Nina Puruntatameri, Jocelyn Black, Linus Warlapinni and Kenny Brown.