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A landmark solo exhibition from senior Walmajarri artist Sonia Kurarra

  • Dates:Opening Feb 11, Exhibition Feb 12 - Apr 23
  • Time(s):"Opening Fri 11 Feb 6pm Exhibition Fri 12 Feb – Sat 23 Apr Tue – Sat 12 – 5pm"
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

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  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Description

"Senior Walmajarri artist, Sonia Kurarra, has been making work prolifically since the mid-1990s and is recognised as one of WA’s most successful living artists. Portals of Love and Loss is a landmark solo exhibition of her work.  Painting the sandy billabong country along stretches of the Martuwarra (Fitzroy River), Sonia’s work reflects an intimate relationship with the river and its surrounding environment. Newly commissioned work will feature alongside key pieces that demonstrate the major themes of her practice, as well as recent experiments with leather, paper scrolls and Perspex.  Just like the floodwaters of the Martuwarra, Portals of Love and Loss traces the cyclic natural rhythms of environmental expansion and contraction. When the flood water is racing, the river is dangerous yet joyous and opulent. When the floodwaters recede, they create smaller repositories that hold a plentiful supply of parlka (barramundi), kurlumajarti (catfish) and bream. These billabongs, the remnants of the flood waters, create important microcosms of seasonal abundance; places of gathering, collecting, sharing and hunting. These transient pools are at the heart of Sonia’s work. Operating out an aged care facility in Fitzroy Crossing, the painting program is supported by Mangkaja Arts. These works are also portals to persons lost and memories of a life before the facility, a lifetime of watching the river, where the rhythms of nature are encoded across every surface.  The exhibition speaks to the significance of the Country surrounding the Fitzroy River at a time when it is increasingly threatened by external interests. It poses a question to the viewer – how would you read Sonia Kurarra’s work if billabongs ceased to exist in the Kimberley? " Access: WCH / 100 eye

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