Strong Stones jnaag004
Kunstenaar: Joanne Nasir
CAT No: jnaag004
NIET MEER IN NEDERLAND
The painting tells the story of Kahlin Compound an Aboriginal Children’s Half Caste Home in Darwin where the Artists Grandmother was taken as a child from her mother and country near Borroloola and put into this Government institute. The Kahlin Compound in 2013 commemorated 100 years of this institute’s NT Stolen Generation History. The artist used her Great Grandmother’s Songline of the Stone Dreaming to tell the story of her daughters and the Stolen Generation history. In the painting there are 100 white circles that represent the years of the Kahlin compound these circles in the Dreaming represent the stones that are used by people in ceremonies. The background is a strong red representing the artist’s own Songline, Fire Dreaming and it tells a story of Spirits creating fire for rebirth and light for direction. The Stone Dreaming is a powerful dreaming and the stones give strength, spirituality, harmony and resilence. The painting of stories in 2013 for the 100 year rememberance of Joanne’s grandmothers history is important for the artist and to use her great grandmother’s Stone Dreaming to visually represent the story was culturally significant.
Artist: Joanne Nasir
Language Groups: Garrawa and Djugan
Country: Borroloola Northern Territory and Western Australia
Indigenous artist and designer Joanne Nasir’s artworks are widely recognised for their up-to-date, flamboyant rawness, and their energetic and deft personality. Joanne embeds within her creations her highly distinctive encapsulation of what it is to be both traditionally bound and to be a part of modern day Indigenous life. Her works hum with a dense and honest vibrancy that reflects her own distinctive Territorian upbringing.
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