Director's Talk | 'Women of Utopia'
Utopia has grown the genius of luminaries such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gloria Petyarre, Minnie Pwerle, Kathleen Petyarre, Margaret Loy Pula and Polly Ngale. These women have been collected both nationally and internationally with Emily Kame Kngwarreye achieving the highest secondary auction price for any female Australian visual artist to date.
The modern art movement in Utopia began in the late 1970s with a group of Anmatyerre women participating in a series of batik-making fabric workshops. It unearthed a community of unbelievable talent with the women of Utopia the driving force behind the art from this region. As a variety of tools and a broader palette became available, their natural curiosity and preparedness to experiment initiated a boldness in style and colour.
The Anmatyerre and Alyawarre people employ a verbal and visual record of ancient belief and custom rather than a written one. Today’s contemporary artworks are an extension of tradition. The mediums may have changed but the purpose is fundamentally the same as it has been for thousands of years. Art has been an integral part of everyday life, expressed in song, dance, and ceremony.
The work in the exhibition depict the focus of cultural maintenance regarding country, food, traditional practices, law and the complex social system to which they adhere.
Women of Utopia is on display from 27th June - 21st July at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
On Saturday 14th July at 2pm, Director Mike Mitchell will hold a talk in the gallery discussing the Utopia region and the artists featured in the exhibition.
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