Posted by carolom on December 10, 2010
* I would like to think the artist Lorraine Karpany for giving me permission to share the images and their Story in my blog. *
Recently I was asked if I would pick up a ‘few ceramic pieces’ from the local Aboriginal College and take them to a rural Community where I was presenting at a Womens Group. The creator of the pieces had been unable to get them to her home and I was very happy to oblige as one of the most enjoyable aspects of my work is meeting other artists and their work.
I thought ‘a few ceramic pieces‘ meant that I was going to be picking up a few plates and painted china bowls but instead I transported several, profound pieces of clay sculptures that quite literally took my breath away!
Lorraine told me that she began by making a basic clay pot like most people do but very quickly the clay began to take shape and give form to her deeply personal healing journey that has involved enormous loss and grief and mistreatment by the Australian government who inflicted the theft of Aboriginal children on a whole generation of Australians. My heart was deeply moved by Lorraine’s Story and her resilience is awe inspiring.
The children who were stolen and the parents who were the victims of the child thefts are known as The Stolen Generation. The unspeakable, multiple losses and relentless pain that members of The Stolen Generation live with is captured in these pieces.
They are also works of great courage, resilience and outstanding talent.
Lorraine tole me she had never created with clay before but in six short months developed an outstanding body of work that reveals her enormous talent and originality. She sells her work so if you are interested in knowing more what her outstanding Sculptures please leave a comment below.
I am not qualified to put captions to any of the photos and apologise for the slight blur in some of the images.
Posted in Aboriginal Art, Clay sculpture, Healing, Imagination, Lorraine Karpany, Stolen Generation, Transformation, Wisdom, Women | 4 Comments »
Posted by carolom on November 3, 2010
It was a small launch at La Caz Creole Cafe / Restaurant @ 61 Semaphore Road.
The sun was shining and the Cafe was brimming with good food, great art and the Artists themselves – a great privilege for all of us who were there!
It was great to see people purchasing the Art work, one piece in particular is a traditional story that the Artist Andrea shared with me in great detail. Thank you Andrea and for allowing me to take a photo before it was taken down and rolled up to be taken to the police-car by the officer who came along with some of his colleagues. He was thrilled with his purchase and both were very happy with the transaction.
I was especially interested in the central object with the white feathering . Andrea told me that is a ceremonial stick with Cockatoo feathers. She laughed when I asked if that was a Turtle just below the central circles (so would you if you know how far their Country is from the sea) …
You can see there is a huge variety of canvases…each one with its own Story and amazing blend of colours, brush strokes and traditional forms…
The unique style of blending traditional dot work so skillfully with the large ‘comma’ shaped stroke takes such skill and precision. The colours on this one invokes of all of the elements. Yuendumu country is Desert country and the Artist how us that there is fare more to the Desert Country than the rest of us could ever know…
The variety of Art for sale is extraordinary and as pieces are sold, new pieces will be put up on the walls…so make a few visits.
If you are an over seas person who is interested in Aboriginal Art, get in touch with the Yuendumu representatives and discuss the possibility of an on line purchase. All money goes directly to the Artists.
It would be wonderful if this positive, amazingly talented group of Artists receive wide spread recognition for their highly skilled work and vast knowledge of their Country and the Stories that few people over seas – and in this country – are familiar with…
As I mentioned at the start of this story, I was very surprised that these highly skilled canvases are for sale at such an outrageously reasonable price and I’d like to suggest if you do purchase a piece, you consider the on-going support of the Yuendumu Artists and invest in their work as it becomes available…
This piece was also sold almost before it was hung, the gold paint blending in with traditional colours made this piece glow!
The person who purchased this rich piece could have their heating bills reduced I’m sure!….
So if you have the opportunity, get along to la Caz Creole Cafe @ 61 Semaphore Road. Have a coffee and immerse yourself in the fantastic work of the Artists who belong to the oldest living culture in the world and are so generously sharing their magnificent work with the people of Adelaide…and beyond.
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