Reconciliation Wall - Parliament of NSW
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative was established in 1987 by ten founding member artists. They were Euphemia Bostock, Fiona Foley, Michael Riley (dec.), Tracey Moffatt, Jeffrey Samuels, Bronwyn Bancroft, Avril Quaill, Fern Martens, Arone Meeks and Brenda L. Croft. These ten artists were striving for recognition from the mainstream art society and their diversity was unparalleled. They challenged preconceptions around urban based Aboriginal Artists and created a unique space for themselves within the art world.
Boomalli continues to survive 34 years later and is committed to promoting and supporting artists from New South Wales Aboriginal language groups. Boomalli's artist members are locally based in Sydney and in regional areas of New South Wales. Boomalli provides a space for our artists to exhibit, work and tell their stories through their art.
Boomalli is located at 55-59 Flood St Leichhardt NSW and runs a regular exhibition program.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the artworks currently on display at the Reconciliation Wall, please contact Boomalli on (02) 9560 2541 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Totem, My Home “Dance of the Goanna”
Ecoline ink on paper
59.4 x 84 cm
My name is Annette Louise Kennedy. I am a 70 year old young minded proud Wiradjuri woman. I was born and raised in the inner suburb of Erskineville. Although being a fair skin Koori, I was raised with the knowledge of who I am and where I came from with many ties to Country and family. “My Totem My Home” is a series of my Goanna totem. The Goanna features predominantly in Dreaming stories and Australian folklore. In my case the Goanna represents a spiritual significance, a sacred symbol that represents my mob within our very large nation.
52 x 35 cm
The artwork depicts a tree fern fron. Through the blackened landscape and devastation, the fron is the first living thing that appears after a bushfire.
Wooden Coolamon with pyrography
The two hands connected represent the connection of the two cultures, working together, taking the best of both cultures. Taking nothing away from either, but enriching both.
Lino Print (framed)
46 x 32 cm
‘Warada’ is the Sydney language word for Waratah, the state floral emblem of New South Wales. The artwork explores the process by which the English language converted Warada to a botanic rather than an Aboriginal word.
Bahbinj Jali (Grandmother Tree)
Charcoal and coloured pencil on canvas
152.4 x 50.8 cm
But hundreds of thousands of years old.
Children of the Ancestors.
Grandchildren of the Country.
What was never ceded.
Is not Free.
Acrylic on Canvas
76 x 61 cm
Scarred Trees have long been recognized as a product of traditional Aboriginal activities. Scarred trees were used in many different ways. Bark was cut off the trees to make canoes, shields, spears and many other tools, which left scars. Many years ago the Wiradjuri trees were carved to mark sites. The carvings were associated with the culture heroes. It was a pathway for their spirit to return to the sky world. In the middle of the tree is scarring that was left after carving out the wood to make shields.
Changing of the Land
Acrylic on Canvas
92 x 46 cm
When our people lost their land, their identity was affected because they were not able to express their culture any more on the reserves and had to change their culture and traditions. This connection remains despite many of our people no longer living on their land. Our people describe the land as sustaining and comforting to their health, their relationships and their culture and identity. So in this painting you can see the emptiness. At the bottom of this painting is the roots of our ancestors and how the land is changing.
Kevin “Sooty” Welsh
Hand carved and glazed ceramic vase
Born in Coonamble and removed from his family as a young boy, Sooty has recently returned to Country. Since returning he has connected with family and his Wailwan roots. The Wailwan were mark makers and tree carvers, the latter being made for spiritual and ceremonial purposes. Sooty’s works reference his heritage and ancient Wailwan country stories.
“My designs are inspired by the traditional people and old fellas of my country. I don’t copy the designs directly but I am inspired by the scarring done in the trees and the ceremonial designs carved into clay.”
Gateway to your dreaming
Oil on Canvas
76 x 102 cm
Luke Close is a Githabal man and has been an artist for over 30 years. He comes from a large family from Northern NSW and has grown up on his Country. Luke started painting in his thirties, his first painting was a bush scene landscape and he has continued developing many styles and techniques since his first artwork. Visual art takes Luke to another place; it is the language of the soul. The saying “a picture paints a thousand words” describes his practice best. Indigenous visual arts are such a powerful language. Luke sources information from people, places, things and most importantly, the land.
Hear Luke speak about his artworks here.