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Title

Memory wall, old and new lost Dreams, reality and future Dreams

1994


Artist

John Johnson

Australia

1959 -

Language group

Warramunga, Central Desert region


About

"This work is dedicated to mothers who encourage children to have dreams, tell the history and show the beauty of things that surround us, no matter what the harshness of the surroundings that you are growing up in.This is represented by the beauty in the canvas, against the harshness of corrugated iron.

This work was inspired by a woman that the artist knew when growing up in Darwin and the words she spoke to him as a young boy: "Know your history, know where you are now, and do'’t forget to dream, because to dream is to look, to the future."

The barb-wire, feathers and ribbons symbolise all the Aboriginal people who have died fighting for and defending their country.The middle panel of the artwork, represents a place the artist went to as a young boy with his grandmother which was a special place near two mountains in the Northern Territory near Darwin.

The two outside panels with the mother and baby lizard are the representation of everlasting life and history, that keep turning no matter what.The climate represents, that no matter how hard things were there was always music, soft and gentle."

John Johnson


Details


Place where the work was made

Canberra Australian Capital Territory Australia


Date

1994


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

hand coloured lithograph and mixed media (corrugated tin, paint, dried flowers and stones)


Dimensions

66.2 x 126.2 cm


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Young Friends of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1994


Location

Not on display


Accession number

564.1994.a-j


Artist information

John Johnson

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Canberra