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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.

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