Art in the heart of the Town
THE Town of Victoria Park has installed two new public artworks by artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah at Kate Street Reserve and Shepperton Road exchange.
The Burswood artwork, Wednesday’s Child, is an exploration of Abdullah’s childhood memories and experiences of growing up as a Muslim child in Victoria Park in the 1980s.
Passing through Burswood with his family each morning before dawn to attend Quran classes at the Rivervale mosque became a formative passage for Abdullah, in seeing himself as part of suburban Australia.
The Kate Street Reserve artwork, Everything is True, is a celebration of childhood imagination and the idea of wonder that drives both learning and playing.
Abdullah draws on animal archetypes and childhood memory to explore definitions and experiences of cultural identity and the Australian social landscape.
His work has been exhibited at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia and The Art Gallery of New South Wales.