Gillian Garvey,  Emu’s at Dusk, 2018, wool, flax, emu feathers, 90 x 100 mm. Photography Fred Kroh

Gillian Garvey, Emu’s at Dusk, 2018, wool, flax, emu feathers, 90 x 100 mm. Photography Fred Kroh

ENTRY FREE

Exhibition Dates: 6 October – 10 November

Opening Event: Thursday 11 October, 6 - 8pm

Sea HER LAND

curated by Lisa Waup

First exhibited at Benalla this year, this new exhibition curated by Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander artist Lisa Waup returns to Craft. Inspired by this year’s 2018 NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’, this exhibition Sea HER Land showcases a rich quality and diverse range of works made entirely from natural materials by six of Baluk Arts’ key female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Gillian Garvie, Beverley Meldrum, Nannette Shaw & Lisa Waup.

Exquisite works made from materials such as bull kelp, shells, bones, clay, wool, wood, assorted fibres, river reed, and feathers, honour mother earth and evoke memories of personal history. Each artist has a strong connection to the material they have utilised in their work, whether it be from the sea or the land. It is HER story, which has been cradled in the form of a vessel, to encapsulate the essence of protection and strength.

Curated by Lisa Waup Sea HER Land emanates strong cultural ties to individual stories and complex interconnections. Through the collecting of materials from places lived or travelled to, examining them, and finding considered new uses, these strong Indigenous women identify with their heritage and reclaim and reignite their innate cultural expression.  This collection of works explores both the protective and nurturing role of nature, and the ancient practice of using elements from the natural world to create diverse works as a rich expression of culture, identity, and place that links generations together.