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Where we all live

Rusty Peters Gamerre – What’s this museum? 2004, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Rusty Peters. Licensed by Copyright Agency

How do we come into creation?

How do the objects and ritual acts important for our survival and spiritual wellbeing come into existence? Who is tasked with the responsibility of caring for their histories, futures and physicality?

Where we all live reflects on these questions through the work of three Gija and Miriwoong artists of the Eastern Kimberley: Rusty Peters, Phyllis Thomas and Peter Newry. The exhibition’s title comes from an interview with Peters in which he describes the creation of the land and tools for life that appear in his painting Gamerre – What’s this museum?

Each artist represented here creates visually minimal works and thoughtfully drafted forms that allude to an exceptionally complex layering of philosophy. A line is a body, a song, a country, a community, a legacy, a lived reality. A negative space is a vast country, a metaphysical plane, or even the place where we all live.

30 Nov 2019 – 9 Feb 2020

Free admission

20th & 21st c Australian art