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Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture

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Danie Mellor
Danie Mellor. Image courtesy Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, 2012.

Thursday 26 July 2012, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

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Award-winning artist Danie Mellor and curator Nicole Foreshew discuss the development of and ongoing interest in this beautiful exhibition of contemporary Indigenous sculpture.

Menagerie features outstanding sculptural works depicting a variety of native Australian animals, produced by well-known and emerging Indigenous artists.

Three kangaroo sculptures
Red, White and Blue, 2008, by Danie Mellor.
Courtesy the artist and Caruana and
Reid Fine Art. Photo: Australian Museum.

Danie Mellor is an award-winning artist whose work speaks to intersections between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous cultures. Danie’s kangaroo sculptures Red, White and Blue are representative of this work and are currently on display within Menagerie. These spectacular sculptures are illustrative of Danie’s experience working across a variety of artistic mediums such as printmaking, drawing, painting and sculpture.

Danie is the recipient of the 2008 National Works on Paper John Tallis Acquisitive Award, the 2009 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award, and the 2010 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Enquiry at Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney.

Nicole Foreshew is a Wiradjuri woman who co-curated the Menagerie exhibitionNicole commenced her career as an artist utilising landforms from her mother’s Country to address the relationship between spirituality and the land and has continued to address themes of culture and identity throughout her work.

Nicole is an accomplished visual artist, author and curator who has worked in a variety of fields including arts, design, photography and education. She is currently the Indigenous Curator at Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design.


Two mango wood and porcelain echidna sculptures.
Nyinbu (Echidna), pair, 2008, by Susan George. Courtesy the artist and Waralungku Arts. Photo: Australian Museum.

Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture is an Object Gallery and Australian Museum Touring Exhibition. Now showing at the National Museum of Australia until 14 October 2012.