ART WORK IN HARMONY
TO coincide with Harmony Week, the City of Melville is inviting the community to view a collection of 12 new works recently added to its collection by acclaimed local Nyoongar printmaker Laurel Nannup.
Nannup’s works use linocut and etching techniques to tell stories of her remarkable life, from her childhood living on a bush reserve and being taken to live on a mission as a young girl, to her adulthood experience of taking a trip to New York to exhibit her artwork internationally.
Born in 1943 at the Carrolup Native Settlement, Nannup grew up in Pinjarra before being taken to the Wandering Mission as one of the Stolen Generation.
The stories she tells through her prints are memories of events in her life and explore themes of childhood, displacement, self-identity, reconciliation and Aboriginal spirituality,
The story of the day Nannup and her sister were taken from their parents’ home on Pinjarra Reserve is depicted in the woodcut print Leaving Home, in which two little girls stand hand in hand with their backs to the viewer, looking at the big black car that had come to take them away.
In contrast, the etching The Lolly Tree beautifully illustrates Nannup’s childhood wonder and amazement when she came across a tree in the bush with her cousins that was laden with pretty wrapped lollies – she did not know at the time that her uncle had decorated the tree for the kids to discover.
Nannup’s work is represented in collections both nationally and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of WA, and the Berndt Museum of Anthropology.
She has a postgraduate degree in fine arts, with a major in printmaking from the Curtin University.
Harmony Week is from March 15 to 21 and the City of Melville is encouraging the community to explore Nannup’s unique artworks on the second floor of the Civic Centre between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Laurel Nannup’s work Leaving Home.