Last week in Hobart we caught the opening night of Natalie Puantulura’s first solo show entitled Puwangari (‘Lots of Dots’) at Art Mob – Aboriginal Fine Art .
Natalie was taught to paint by her grandfather, Declan Apuatimi (Senior) the late husband of renowned Tiwi artist Jean Baptiste. As Jean’s grandaughter, Natalie was also taught about Tiwi culture and painting by her grandmother.
Natalie painted with Tiwi Design art centre up until 2004, after which she and her partner, Edward Malati Yunupingu, moved to Pirlangimpi and began working with Munupi Arts and Crafts.
Natalie’s paintings tell the ‘Pwoja Story’:
“During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of ‘yoi’ (dances), are performed; some are totemic (inherited from the person’s Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative of newly composed songs. Participants in these ceremonies are painted with turtiyanginari (the different natural ochre colours) in varying designs, transforming the dancers and, in some cases, providing protection.”
The word ‘Jilamara’ is the Tiwi term for the natural ochre design applied to the body face of participants during important ceremonies.
Now showing at Retrospect Galleries Broadbeach (Queensland) until 25 January 2012 is ‘The Magic of Racing’ exhibition.
Queensland artist Kathy Mackey is exhibiting her photograph ‘Equine Collection 2‘.
The artist says:
“The sport of horse racing has had a long tradition of celebration by nobility. A gentleman was noted for his possessions that included racehorse and personalised dinner ware that marked wealth and status in the community. Racing carnivals historically and in the present also represent the opportunity for people to gather in social groups and celebrate , not only the sport itself ,but the social expectations real or imagined that accompany it.”
Over the summer break we’ll be previewing some new works at local Galleries. The first of these is Shayle Flesser whose exhibition ‘New Skin’ is on at Tweed River Regional Art Gallery until 29 January 2012. Further details of about the show and visiting the Gallery are available here.
[Image courtesy the artist – Photography by Andrew Thurtell of Thurtell Photography]
‘For this project I have drawn, washed, sanded and scratched a series of drawings which engages both public and private conditions. The combination of imagery within the body of work is intended to explore the complex relationships both between humans and animals, and between different times and cultures. The re-examining of these subjects is to allow them once again to have meaning. I adore my subjects – I want to reveal their truths. I hope this will benefit my (and others’) sense of self.‘ Shayle Flesser