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Ngeerrangoon by Kelsey and Tarryn Love
July 12 @ 6:00 PM - August 9 @ 5:30 PM
MAIN GALLERY OPENING
Ngeerrangoon by Kelsey and Tarryn Love
Opening July 12th 6PM – 8PM
Running until August 9th
[This exhibition is running alongside DEEP DARK AMUSEMENT PARK by Riley McDonald and Stacey Williams]
Tarryn Love is a proud Gunditjimara Keeray Woorrong woman from Western Victoria and is currently attending Melbourne University in her second year of studying Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Indigenous Studies and Sociology. Further in her studies Tarryn hopes to continue onto studying Law, focusing on Aboriginal affairs. Tarryn’s strong passion for culture is heavily inspired by her family who teach her traditional stories and practices. Through her art she not only continually explores her knowledge but also revives and reinvigorates styles through her experience as a young modern Indigenous woman, while concurrently expressing her identity.
Kelsey Love is a proud Gunditjmara Keerray Wooroong woman, who is passionate about language and cultural celebration through her art. Kelsey has just graduated from a Bachelor of Psychology at Deakin University, and hopes to explore a career where she can help other people in the Indigenous community. Kelsey creates visual art as a way to channel her cultural connection and discovery. Kelsey works with a variety of mediums and textiles to fuse traditional weaving styles with modern fibres to create contemporary pieces or work. She also uses Indigenous drawing and painting styles to construct fine line pieces to inform and celebrate her culture and narrate her story.
Our exhibition is titled “Ngeerrangoon”, which translates to “sister” in our dialect, Keerray Wooroong. It encompasses the idea of us being sisters and also young Gunditjmara women, continually learning and seeking knowledge of our culture from our family and ancestors. It also encapsulates the significant presence that our late grandfather, Uncle Ivan Couzens, had over our discovery of culture and identity, and the inspiration of his passion for celebrating Indigenous excellence and culture.
The body of work presented is heavily inspired by family such as Elders, Aunties, Uncles, our Mother, brothers and sisters, that teach us the traditional stories and practices, and continually guide us back to our cultural practices and our home country. Language revival is an intrinsic passion in our family, and we endeavour to explore and revive this though our pieces. We are continuously inspired by these significant figures, who have ignited this passion within us, and we hope to further inspire others.
Through exploring symbolism and a consortium of mediums, we reflect our contemporary perspective. As we constantly learn, we revive and reinvigorate these traditional aspects in exploring our own identities and individuality in a modern landscape.
In this exhibition our mediums range from wood, canvas, painting, sculpture, weaving and possum skin demonstrating the important notions of family, traditional stories and practices, identity, landscape and connection back to country. In creating our work we predominantly use lines to portray our vision. The absence of dots demonstrates that our work is specific and local to Western Victorian Indigenous art.
Overall our exhibition displays our connection back to culture through art and in essence our identity. Further, it is a recognition and celebration of our Aboriginal culture in combination with language revival.
CHYA is an inclusive, diverse space and all are welcome to come along. Light nibbles will be provided on the night.
CHYA would like to acknowledge that this exhibition takes place on the stolen land of the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin nation. Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and culture. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.