on the bank on the brink

When: 10 December 2021 - 27 February 2022

Where: Maurice Chick Family & MacLeod-Miller Adamshurst Gallery, MAMA

on the bank on the brink is a gathering of significant drawings from nineteenth-century, Aboriginal artist Tommy McRae and new works by First Nations artists Mia Boe and Phil Murray.

Through simple yet expressive line, Tommy McRae’s drawings document a time when traditional Aboriginal life was first intersected by colonial invasion in the Upper Murray River region. McRae’s vivid scenes of ceremony, corroboree, hunting, and fishing cast a retrospective lens on cultural life when his Country along the banks of Lake Moodemere, Wahgunyah was in rapid dispossession from his people.

The ‘act of recovery’ in which Mia Boe describes her practice resonates with the truth-telling of McRae’s drawings in tracing the aftershocks of historical trauma on First Peoples. Boe’s paintings parallel the sensitivity of McRae’s works in balancing the elongated figures and silhouetted animals that come together to act out scenes within the landscape.

Moulding burnt and blackened trees into sculptural tools for gathering and carrying, Phil Murrays act of retrieval and revival speaks to the lesser-known wood carving practice of Tommy McRae.

This exhibition presents a selection of new works by Mia Boe and Phil Murray, presented alongside works from the MAMA Collection by Tommy McRae.