2012/0087 Paradise Garden (Different Country, Same Story)

Paradise Garden (Different Country, Same Story)

Artist

Danie Mellor
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1971
 in
Mackay, Queensland

Artwork

Title
Paradise Garden (Different Country, Same Story)
Date
2012
Medium/Material
pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper
Dimensions
153.0 x 206.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2012
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2012/0087
Currently not on display

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The drawing depicts a utopian paradise – a rainforest reminiscent of far north Queensland – in a style commonly associated with the Willow patterns of English Spode Chinaware. The artist says the blue and white represents a land transformed by history and interaction. While the colour represents the natural elements of the story, such as animals and people. The people also symbolise the real and brings the story back to reality. His work reminds us of Australia’s dual and multiple histories. It also speaks to ideas about Country and narrative; and, quietly confronts the “darker narratives of exclusion, expulsion and dominance that occur when people and cultures collide “ (Artist statement 2011).

Curatorial insightThis drawing depicts a utopian paradise – a rainforest reminiscent of far north Queensland – in a style commonly associated with the Willow patterns of English Spode Chinaware. The artist says the blue and white represents a land transformed by history and interaction, while the colour represents the natural elements of the story, such as animals and people. The people also symbolise the real and brings the story back to reality. His work reminds us of Australia’s dual and multiple histories. It also speaks to ideas about Country and narrative, and quietly confronts the ‘darker narratives of exclusion, expulsion and dominance that occur when people and cultures collide’. (AGWA, 2012)

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