Danjoo Interwoven
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Visual Arts: Danjoo – Interwoven

15 Feb – 6 Apr @ Midland Junction Arts Centre ·
Presented by Midland Junction Arts Centre ·

‘Danjoo – Interwoven’ celebrates local Aboriginal culture, Country, language and visual arts practice in Western Australia, proudly presenting new and recent artworks by eighteen Aboriginal artists from or now residing in the south west corner of the state. Danjoo – meaning together in Bibbulmun Noongar language reflects the bringing together of established, mid-career and emerging Aboriginal artists working in diverse art forms, presenting artworks that speak of local Aboriginal culture and contemporary, personal, social and political issues.

Curated by Wadandi/Minang/Koreng Bibbulmun artist Lea Taylor and Midland Junction Arts Centre Curator Greg Sikich, ‘Danjoo – Interwoven’ features the work of Deborah Bonar, Lance Chadd, Julie Dowling, Jeanette Garlett, Naomi Grant, Linda James, Bradley Kickett, Rohin Kickett, Norma MacDonald, Janine McAulley Bott, Esther McDowell, Lewis Nannup, Daniel Roe, Lea Taylor, Jo Ugle, Mandy White, Desmond Woodley and Boyden Woods.

Opening celebration Friday 15 February 6:00 pm- 8:30pm
Exhibition continues 16 February – 6 April

More info
W: www.midlandjunctionartscentre.com.au
E:  info@mundaringartscentre.com.au

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Bradley Kickett, 'Shoalwater',
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The many faces of water

Review: Binja-Bilya-Warden by Bradley Kickett ·
Paper Mountain, 21 March ·
Review by Miranda Johnson ·

Bradley Kickett, 'Burlong Pool', acrylic on canvas, 70cm x 50cm.
Bradley Kickett, ‘Burlong Pool’, acrylic on canvas, 70cm x 50cm. Photo: Nina Levy.

When we think of water, we tend to think of it as a singular entity. It moves and shifts, but ultimately, it’s all part of the same whole. Bradley Kickett’s abstract paintings at Paper Mountain show water as multifarious: a teeming, shining, sometimes muddy, sometimes pure, collection of bodies, none of which are really the same.

Kickett’s paintings follow the waters that move from inland, east of York, through Mount Stirling, and the Avon River by Northam, which turns into the Swan, ultimately feeding into the ocean. By tracking the water’s journey, he displays the differences between waters; the salt flats, the clear streams and the brackish mud.

Kickett has a very distinctive style of dot painting combined with paint pouring, so the colours mix and meld together to show the nuance and movement of the water. He states that he is more interested in the formal and technical qualities of painting than that of symbolism or storytelling, and the paintings’ detail and style is intricate and precise as one can be when pouring paint.

The paintings require a lot of time spent on each individual image to fully appreciate the differences, so at times it feels like perhaps a few less paintings might have been a more effective choice for a solo exhibition. However, taking the time to look at them individually is rewarding, as it’s surprising how different they all appear in the details. Bodies of water are like any other bodies, with bumps, swells, and colours that are unique and deeply personal, and Kickett portrays these bodies with precision and focus.

‘Binja-Bilya-Warden’ is at Paper Mountain until March 29.

Top: Bradley Kickett, ‘Shoalwater’, acrylic on canvas, 110cm x 80cm.

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