The pandemic and climate catastrophe during 2020 has unlocked the door to our silenced history and unearths our nation's dark past. These times have highlighted the urgency to cultivate Aboriginal cultural knowledge and the way we see the world and how we care for Country.
Nothing is more powerful or more ngayirr (sacred) than the relationship between the garraba, marrin (body, the human body) and dhaagun (earth, dirt, ashes, land, soil). Banhirra (stones to make fire), 2020; Guriin (charocal), 2020; and Mirrul (white clay), 2020 explore earth materials, minerals and clay. The works seeks to investigate concepts of place, tracing personal connections to kin and the material knowledge required to retrieve and revive the body. The works feature a combination of broad contemporary uses of minerals through documenting passages related to my sacred homelands - Wiradjuri Country.
Nicole Foreshew is an Aboriginal artist, writer and curator, a member of the Wiradjuri nation, Central West NSW, Australia, who works across a range of mediums, from photomedia, design to sculpture, film and video.
In 2019, Foreshew presented Minyambul-yiri- yimbang (because it is a sacred thing) a solo instituational exhibition, at Goulburn Regional Gallery Notable group exhibitions include Primavera 2017, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Maamungun Compatriots, a group exhibition with works by Michael Riley at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2012; Shadowlife, Bendigo Art Gallery, curated by Natalie King and Djon Mundine, 2013; Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu, Murray Art Museum Albury, 2015; Shimmer at the JamFactory, part of Tarnanthi – the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, South Australia 2015; and Hereby Make Protest, Carriageworks, 2014.
Foreshew developed a major public commission Born in Darkness Before Dawn, 2013 for Place Projections, Eora Journey, a City of Sydney arts initiative, curated by Hetti Perkins; participated in the Darling Fonderie studios international artists residency, in partnership with the Canadian Council for the Arts; and curated Primavera 2015, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.