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Lee Darroch: We are the Land, The Land is us
Aug 14, 2021
Sep 19, 2021
permanent exhibition
'We are the Land, the Land is Us' is the first major Gippsland exhibition of First Nations artist Lee Darroch, a nationally acclaimed artist and possum skin cloak maker based in East Gippsland.

Lee is a proud Yorta Yorta, Mutti Mutti and Boon Wurrung artist, designer and community cultural worker whose practice is inspired by the need to continue cultural, spiritual and artistic practices in Australia’s South East.

Lee is a renowned visual artist and leader of the revival of traditional cultural practices across south-east Australia. Her artworks celebrate Aboriginal cultural heritage in many media including possum skin cloak making, sculpture, public art, feather work, coiled basketry, printmaking, and pastel drawing. In recent years Lee has turned more to land art and sculptural installations as a means to express deep connectedness to the Land. Her major artworks draw on natural materials such as stone, bone, shell, animal skins, ochre, sea sponges, feather, and driftwood. In such a way Lee sees her works as responding to and paying homage to the Land.

For evidence of Lee’s tremendous influence look no further than her artworks represented in the public collections of the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the offices of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, the Koorie Heritage Trust, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre at Melbourne Museum, Flinders University Art Museum in Adelaide, and Melbourne Grammar School.

We are the Land, the Land is Us will sprawl through two connected spaces at the Gallery, immersing visitors into Lee’s rich cultural practice.

A major component will be Ng Woka (I am the Land), a large floor-based installation made up of many different sculptural elements around the themes of our connection to the Land and the Old People who went before us.

Other exhibits will include a wall installation, Bunjil’s eaglehawk nest, Waa’s crow nest, driftwood sculptures, possum bags, coiled basketry, and possum skin cloaks based on the songline of south-eastern Australia, such as the bogong moth story.

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