2008/0129 Spirit drawn

Spirit drawn

Artist

Norma MacDONALD
Indigenous
Birth:
1944
 in
Geraldton, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Spirit drawn
Date
2008
Medium/Material
oil on Belgian linen
Dimensions
80.0 x 120.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2008
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2008/0129
Currently on display (GALLERY 9 in GALLERY BUILDING)

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Spirit drawn depicts four young boys at Carrolup Mission standing proudly with their completed landscape drawings of their traditional land in the Great Southern. The work has qualities reminiscent of a photograph that may have been taken and MacDonald has layered the landscape so it sits behind the figures while in parts impeding over the four boys, exploring and presenting the relationship and understanding each one of them had with the land. Spirit drawn is a contemporary reflection upon an important time in Western Australian history and captures not only the Carrolup movement in a historical sense but also speaks of its reignition within Noongar community which is inspiring many Noongar people to paint again (AGWA, 2008)

Curatorial insightSpirit drawn depicts four young boys at Carrolup Mission standing proudly with their completed landscape drawings of their traditional land in the Great Southern. The work has qualities reminiscent of a photograph. MacDonald deftly merges and expands the landscapes depicted in each of the scrapbooks into the foreground of the painting, and perhaps more importantly, across the bodies of the four boys holding their art. Such a union speaks to the relationship and understanding each child has to their land – their boodja. The painting is also a contemporary reflection upon an important time in Western Australian history and captures the origins of the Carrolup art movement, and its resurgence among contemporary Noongar artists today (AGWA, 2019).

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