Each year the James Cook University hosts an exhibition by an Indigenous artist to celebrate the naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and the official launching of the University’s Reconciliation Statement on 21 May 2008. This year the Mabo Library is proud to present an exhibition of new work by Susan Peters Nampitjin.
Susan Peters Nampitjin is a contemporary artist of the Walmajarri people, located in the Tanami desert of South East Kimberleys, Western Australia. She currently lives in Townsville and works as an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Liaison Officer and Art teacher for people with disability. She is also an active member of the “Murris in Ink” group based at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. Murris in Ink are a collective of mid-career and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander printmakers currently participating in a range of development workshops.
Susan comes from a traditional painting family. Her understanding of Indigenous culture is reflected in her highly contemporary pictorials of bush plants, bush foods, bush medicine and native ecology.
Through her art practice she experiments with a range of art media and traditions ranging from painting to printmaking. The vibrant, new artworks presented in this exhibition, “Winkirr” (dreaming and reflections of country) continue to tell a visual story of her experience of country and family connections as she incorporates traditional symbols with contemporary art techniques.
Susan’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Cultural Centre - Townsville, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Pinnacles Gallery, the Queensland Tropical Museum, Umbrella Studio and the Strand Ephemera in Townsville.
The exhibition: Winkirr (Dreaming and Reflections of Country) will be on show in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville) from Friday 21 May to Sunday 20 June, 2010 during library opening hours.