2010/0014.a-f Message sticks

Message sticks

Artist

Reko (Gwaybilla) RENNIE
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1973
 in
Melbourne, Victoria

Artwork

Title
Message sticks
Date
2009
Medium/Material
spray paint and synthetic polymer paint on linen
Dimensions
198 x 85cm each (6 panels in total) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2010
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2010/0014.a-f
Currently on display (GALLERY LOWER CONCOURSE in GALLERY BUILDING)

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In his teens, Reko Rennie discovered graffiti and began his informal ‘training’ on the streets of Melbourne. His work often speaks to politics, identity and communication – and some instances, the silencing of Aboriginal voices. In this particular work, featuring rows and rows of spray cans, Rennie reflects on the new and old ways that Aboriginal people have communicated across the millennia. And, although hidden to the unknowing eye, traditional Kamilaroi linear shield designs are repeated across the canvas, symbolising the continuum of tradition and culture among Aboriginal people today. (Board paper - Carly 2020)

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