There may be about 40 years difference in age but Kadder Coroma-Lock and Vivienne McDermott have forged an artistic partnership that transcends the generational gap. The two became friends when they met at the University of Ballarat. Coroma-Lock, an aboriginal artist in her seventies, had returned to study and McDermott was one of her teachers. They kept in touch and exhibited together in Black+White at the Art Gallery of Ballarat last year. Now, they have joined forces again with an exhibition at 135 Gallery, Drysdale. Their work celebrates the rich relationship indigenous people have with their land and explores the Australian relationship since white settlement.
Caroma-Lock, a self taught artist, creates works in her own individualised way, independent of any group or art movement. Using acrylic paints, her works depict dream time stories, often portraying Australian native animals in an X-Ray style. Although she lives in Victoria, she has a deep spiritual connection to her ancestral country, the Fitzroy River Crossing area in WA and her art is often inspired by her association with that area. This exhibition also shows some of her realistic, figurative paintings of the landscape which contrasts with her other stylised works.
McDermott has recently returned from her artist residency at the Kadjina community in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and this show includes some of her hand-printed, colour reduction lino cuts that she made during her stay there. In the vibrant colours of the desert, McDermott’s Jila Country series of prints depicts the landscape around the St George Ranges and Great Sandy Desert regions of the Kimberley, and the importance of waterholes in the area. (‘Jila’ is the Walmajarri word for permanent waterhole, well, or underground spring.)
You can read more about McDermott’s residency and the Kadjina community at http://wulungarracommunityschool.blogspot.com/p/projects.html
McDermott is also exhibiting other mixed media works and a large lounging kangaroo sculpture which she crafted from found objects. Made from aluminium cans that were found discarded along the road side, McDermott’s sculpture (one of a series, hence the word ‘mob’ in the title) is a statement about the scant disregard with which many people treat the environment and indeed indigenous culture.
You can find out more about McDermott’s work on her blog http://viviennemcdermott.blogspot.com/
Macropus Rufus Mob – Lounging Juvenile Red Kangaroo, found object sculpture, 2010, Vivienne McDermott.
To complement the exhibition, Pip Williams has also included some of her own lino reduction prints of the Australian landscape inspired by her travels through some of the remote regions of Australia.
The exhibition runs until 28 February at 135 Gallery, 135 Andersons Rd, Drysdale.
Ph: 5253 3461 www.135gallery.com.au