Wiradjuri artist, Glenn Loughrey, explores his relationship to Country in this opening exhibition at Murnong Gallery, Glen Iris. Loughrey is known for his probity and commitment in exploring the dynamics between the dominant culture and the oldest living culture on the planet. He doesn’t shy away from making political statements, as according to him all life is political if lived consciously and mindfully. He sees his work as an invitation to engagement and listening, a body of work that forms an anthology of being.
‘The Australian landscape is a contested space where the two competing stories of First Peoples and Colonialist vie for recognition or dominance. Every space has at least two stories and it depends which one we preference as to the story that gets told.’
Turning to the Heavens and Earth by Glenn Loughrey
Hearth is proud to announce that it will be opening a new site, Murnong Artspace, in lovely Glen Iris, in the New Year. Our beautiful new place is part of the beautiful Church Hall at St Oswald's Anglican Church, 100 High Street, Glen Iris.
As always with Hearth's intentions, Murnong Artspace will be a place for community and conversation, collaboration and your engagement.
The space will also provide a studio space and gallery for Aboriginal artists, and being adjacent to the Wominjeka Garden, and the beautiful performing arts space, will provide a range of opportunities and events throughout the year.
Please get in touch if you'd like to know more.
Ever wondered about the significance of Murnong?
MURNONG: yam daisy, Microseris lanceolata 'More than the plant which provided a staple diet for Aboriginal people, Murnong is an ancestor. This plant is one of great significance because it represents a rejection of colonial agriculture. It was women’s role to collect this highly nutritious food using a careful process and extensive knowledge to ensure plant renewal and a continued food supply. It was a way of working with Country and resources. Women are recognised as the first agriculturists. The hard-hoofed creatures, sheep, that arrived with the colony, directly caused the demise of murnong and the starvation of Aboriginal people. The regeneration of murnong is a symbol of Aboriginal cultural revival and resilience. Women and children used digging sticks to harvest and re-propagate the tubers. Tubers were eaten raw and roasted in coals. Murnong Artspace honours the peoples of the Woi-wurrung language group who provided for their families and cared for Biik (Country)'.
The Murnong name, drawing and quote were offered generously by Aunty Kim Wandin, Wurundjeri Elder.