Danjoo – Interwoven

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Co-curated by guest curator and Wadangi/Minang/ Koreng Bibbulmun artist Lea Taylor and the Centre’s Greg Sikich, Danjoo – Interwoven is a celebration of local Aboriginal culture and visual arts practice in Western Australia.

Following a public call-out for entries, Danjoo – Interwoven presents the work of 18 Aboriginal artists from the region, including emerging to mid-career and established artists.

Sarah Toohey, project officer at the Centre, says that visitors can expect to see paintings in the distinctive southwest Western Australian landscape tradition that emerged from the Carrolup School of painting from the 1940s, alongside more abstract paintings, contemporary natural fibre weavings, as
well as photo- and video-based work.

The majority of the work in the exhibition is recent – artists were required to submit works created within the last two years for consideration – but there are a few artists who have produced brand new work for the exhibition. Fibre artist Janine McAullay Bott is one of them. Weaving is McAullay Bott’s way of representing, and staying connected to, her culture – it is a practice she learned from her maternal ancestors and honed while living abroad. Well-known for her fibre weavings of bush animals, Bungarra, 2018, a fibre sculpture of a sand goanna made using palm fronds sourced on Country,
is a literal testament to her connection to Country and Noongar heritage.

At the heart of Danjoo – Interwoven is pride in Country, community and culture. And in the spirit of community and exchange, the exhibition will also include fibre-based works created by participants in workshops hosted by Lea Taylor at Midland Junction Arts Centre in the lead-up to the exhibition opening, including students from the Moorditj Noongar Community College. These workshops, as well as exhibitions like Danjoo – Interwoven, are opportunities to help ensure interest in local Aboriginal arts practices continue to grow.

Nadiah Abdulrahim