Event Name Mumula Giilang: Grandfather Story - Bethany Thornber
Start Date 16th Jun 2016 6:45am
End Date 17th Jul 2016 6:45am
Duration 31 days
Description

Emerging artist Bethany Thornber invites you to see and hear Mumula Giilang, a vivid and personal story passed on to her by her Grandfather.

In this exhibition Bethany re-creates the experience of being lost in her Grandfather's stories - and her own personal journey of retracing her Aboriginal heritage and immersing herself in Wiradjuri culture. This multidimensional artwork fills two rooms with three dimensional hand crafted sculptural pieces, natural elements, and an overlay of voices and sounds.

Through this work I sought to experience and understand the life of this young Aboriginal boy growing up on the bank of the Lachlan River. It revealed a much slower and simpler life with few luxuries and more hardships. It was a childhood spent in an outback town in Western NSW living in a tent with his beloved mother and his thirteen brothers and sisters.  However I found it interesting that he never complained about his life or lack of material possessions. He discovered that there was great contentment to be found in the little graces of life, such as love, family, stories and bicycles. ~ Bethany Thornber

Bethany Thornber

After completing high school in 2014 in Corowa, NSW, Bethany completed an artist residency with Aboriginal artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey. Under Lorraine's mentorship Bethany completed a 12 meter sculptural work which featured in MAMA's opening exhibition 'Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu'.

In 2015 Bethany received a $10,000 Young Regional Artist Scholarship by Arts NSW to undertake a six month Aboriginal arts and culture mentorship with artist Treahna Hamm. This experience continues to build Bethany's understanding of traditional Aboriginal art making, along with contemporary art practice, and resulted in the body of work entitled Mumula Giilang: Grandfather Story, exhibited in MAMA in June & July 2016.