Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 24 Autumn 2010 Contents Alan Dodge discusses his pick of artworks recently
acquired by Murdoch University Art Collection.
. BOULDER II by Gemma Smith (2008, acrylic plastic, 94cm x 64cm x 80cm, image
courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney) "The boulder is actually quite big and
it looks more monumental than you would expect from the photograph. It sort of slips
between being a tongue-in-cheek look at nature and some sort of modern, formalist piece
of sculpture. And with contemporary materials that are both colourful and see-through, it
does all sorts of things visually. It truly is a favourite of mine in the collection."
. LAUREN by Petrina Hicks (2003, light jet photographic print, 120cm x 100cm, image
courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney) "This is a large inkjet photographic print of an
albino girl with her eyes closed. To me, she carries the feeling of a charmed or spiritual
figure, and her closed eyes create a sort of Buddha look. I love that it slips into that spiritual
element when you look at it. This was hanging in the library, and hardly any student could
walk by without stopping to look at it."
. WITNESS FACING EAST (Chant from a Holy Book) by Robert Owen
(2006, synthetic polymer on linen, 122cm x 732cm, image courtesy the artist and Arc One
Gallery, Melbourne) "We collec t in an interesting way, where every once in a while we either
go out and look for a major work to purchase or try to target a gift of a major work. And
this is one of those pieces. It has that lovely tradition of the colour field and minimal style in
Robert's work. The other thing is it's vaguely architectonic, in that it fits into architectural
. NGARRGOORROON COUNTRY by Patrick Mung Mung (2006, natural
ochre and pigments on canvas, 90cm x 120cm, image courtesy the artist, Warmun Arts and Seva
Frangos Art, Perth) "A number of years ago, I judged the Kununurra Art Prize and Patrick
did a piece which was about country, but it also looked like a giant falcon had morphed into
that. It was one of the most powerful pieces I had seen, so I awarded him the big prize and
I've watched ever since. But most of his work is actually very subtle and it uses simplicity of
forms in a beautiful way. This is a lovely piece."
. KULAMA by Conrad Tipungwuti (2008, natural ochre painting on paper, 77cm x 57cm,
image courtesy the artist, Jilamara Arts & Crafts and Seva Frangos Art, Perth) "This piece by
Conrad is one in a series of works on paper by Tiwi artists that we've collected. As a whole,
it's really exciting because it includes senior artists like Jean Baptiste Apuatimi and then
young artists like Conrad who are coming up and doing wonderful things. They're very
beautiful works, and as a group they just sing on the wall."
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