REVIEW: About this Place

About this Place
About this Place
Holmes a Court Gallery, Vasse Felix


The landscapes of the South West have been of great inspiration to artists both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. However, exhibitions have tended to favour the one or the other, telling an Aboriginal story or a broadly European one.

A new exhibition of work from the South West mixes these artists and their stories together, making it possible to see what indigenous and non-indigenous artists have in common, rather than what separates them. There are paintings dating back to the late 1800s hanging next to works from 2012, making it an exciting attempt to capture the sensibility of the region.

One of the early works in the show, an 1889 landscape by Nellie Christmas, sets the tone as it shows a gorgeous but haunting sunset over the Blackwood River. As the light dims, a shadowy, dreamy space appears

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