Desert Lines: Batik from Central Australia

Desert Lines: Batik from Central AustraliaDesert Lines: Batik from Central Australia

17 AUG 19 - 17 NOV 19

Bendigo Art Gallery

Desert Lines: Batik from Central Australia brings together around 60 selected works from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, each illustrating the unique and distinct batik styles of five central desert communities: Ernabella (Pukatja), Fregon (Kaltjiti), Utopia, Yuendumu and Kintore (Walungurru).

Batik - a technique of wax resist dyeing - was first introduced to Indigenous women in 1971 and each of the five desert communities has approached the medium in artistically distinct ways.

This exhibition will highlight the significance of batik work for women of the desert and enable links to be made between batiks and paintings of Pitjantjatjara, Anmatyerr, Alyawarr, Walpiri and Pintupi artists. It will also reveal differences in iconography, subject matter, palette and approaches to the hot wax and painting mediums across time and space.

Desert women are interconnected through ceremony, constant travel and closeness to their traditional country. Their art in any medium is empowered by an understanding of sacred sites and the ancestral world. Batik making has been joyously embraced because it affords women an opportunity to meet, exchange stories, sing and make art. It parallels their painting up big for inma, awely and yawulyu ceremonies, telling sand stories, going hunting and sharing bush foods.

When & Where

Date/s: Saturday 17th August 2019 - Sunday 17th November 2019

Times: Open daily 10am - 5pm

Venue || Location

 Bendigo Art Gallery  Events 1 Events
⊜ 42 View Street Bendigo | Map
Bendigo Art Gallery42 View Street, Bendigo, , 3550
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