Eminent Elder and Aboriginal Artist Ken Thaiday Snr will be opening a new exhibition titled ‘For Love of Country’ at the Tali Gallery Rozelle this Saturday, November 23. The exhibit will feature a variety of work from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists of Pormpurraw and Erub arts and culture centres.
The featured pieces range from limited edition fine lino cuts depicting exotic creatures of the tropical landscape on the Cape York Peninsular to sculptures and baskets created from ghost nets – fishing nets abandoned at sea that have extensive negative impacts on the natural environment.
Di Stevens, director of Tali Gallery and curator of ‘For Love of Country’, said the exhibit will foreground contemporary concerns of climate change, such as rising sea levels on our coastal and island communities, to promote sustainable living.
“It is very easy for us to get caught up with our busy lives and not be proactive about issues like climate change,” she said. “The impacts are very real and king tides are already affecting communities in the Torres Strait Islands.”
These impacts will be expressed through the work of emerging artists including Walkley finalist and Sydney-based photographer Zoe Reynolds and Elisa Jane Carmichael – a descendant of the Ngugi people, one of the three clan groups of the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay.
“The best way to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is to support their art,” Ms Stevens said.