Hello! This is my first blog entry, so I will start by introducing myself- my name is Jacqui and I am responsible for entering all new artworks into the system so they appear on the website and are ready for sale. It’s a great job because I’m first to see all the new paintings that we get in from various art centres and artists around the country. Kate has just come back from a trip to Alice Springs and the surrounding art centres, and has brought lots of exciting new pieces (this means more work for me!!).
One of the most exciting things Kate has brought back are indigenous prints, which we have never had before! These prints come from the Iwantja Community, which is situated in far north South Australia. The Art Centre traces its origins to the 1970s, when the Indulkana Arts Association taught secondary students wood carving, batik, patchwork, dying and painting. By the 1980s, the community began experimenting with linoblock printing, with many of these prints now exhibited in the South Australian Museum.
My favourite works in this group of prints are the collographs. Created by artists Suzie Prince and Kanakiya Tjanyari, these monochromatic pieces demonstrate a innocent naivety. Dismissing standard notions of one point perspective characteristic of works on paper and canvas, these artists show a whimsical approach to objects in space. In Putipula by Suzie Prince (below), the work starts to look more like a sculpture- there is no indication of a horizontal or vertical orientation, in many ways the work looks like a topographical glimpse of the artist’s country. The sculptural quality is perhaps characteristic of the collagraph process, whereby materials as diverse as sandpaper, string, card, and leaves can be applied to the plate, covered with paint and then pressed onto paper. With such texture applied to the plate, its no wonder that the prints have such depth!
Please come in to see these beautiful prints in person! Until next time, Jacqui
Suzie Prince Putipula collograph on paper (ed. 8/20) 25 x 36 cm - $225