Danie Mellor, one of Australia's most exciting contemporary Indigenous artists, speaks about his exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art.
'Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties' is a UQ Touring exhibition from The University of Queensland Art Museum.
This major survey focuses on the past decade of Danie Mellor's practice, and is the first exhibition to consider in depth the artist's contribution to contemporary Australian art. It brings together more than 50 of the artist's key works drawn from public collections, including the UQ Art Museum, Australian Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Bathurst Regional Gallery and private collections.
Mellor's Indigenous heritage informs his art. He was born in Mackay in 1971, has lived variously in Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa and now resides in the Southern Highlands of NSW. He maintains strong links to his mother's Country in the Atherton Tablelands of Far North Queensland as a descendent of her Scottish, Irish and Indigenous heritage of Mamu and Ngagen rainforest people with connections to the Jirrbal.
His twenty-first century works unravel connections between his familial cultures and the secrets inherent in Australian history.
In this exhibition Mellor's narrative unfolds through a number of recurring themes which compel us to consider Australia's colonial legacy and encourage engagement with the nation's shared and contested histories.
An exhibition catalogue supported by a grant from the Gordon Darling Foundation, featuring full-colour reproductions of all the exhibition works, is available from TarraWarra Museum of Art (RRP $33). A free Learning Resource from the UQ Art Museum is available for teachers and students, for download via the TarraWarra Museum of Art website at twma.com.au/education/education-resources
Curator: Maudie Palmer AO
Coordinating Curator: Samantha Littley
Exhibition dates: 10 May - 27 July 2014
TarraWarra Museum of Art
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville, Victoria, Australia
For further information or exhibition images contact:
TarraWarra Museum of Art: PH: +61 3 5957 310