Saturday 10 July – Sunday 26 September 2021
Curated by Ainslie Macaulay
This exhibition is part of the OPEN SKY / Kelly’s Garden program and will show across sites at Kelly’s Garden and The Barracks.
Artists Cassie Sullivan and Josh Prouse present a haunting exploration of indigenous identity. These multidisciplinary works including installation, video, photography and sound, come together with the weight of the past and a reckoning with the present. Through sensory and material bodies we reflect on the ghosts of the past that are carried with us today.
The work speaks across two sites, in conversation with each other and with the grounds that hold them, Kelly’s Garden, nipaluna/Salamanca and The Barracks, New Norfolk.
The works look at what it means to be embedded in, and displaced from Country, identity, belonging and community.
SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE | KELLY’S GARDEN
Friday 23 July – Sunday 26 September 2021
ARTIST TALK IN KELLY’S GARDEN: Sunday 29 August 5PM-6PM
SAC OFFSITE | THE BARRACKS | PRESENTED BY DERWENT VALLEY ARTS
Saturday 10 July – Sunday 25 July 2021
Cassie Sullivan is a lutruwita/Tasmanian Indigenous contemporary emerging artist. Cassie has a responsive, intimate and experimental practice that crosses disciplines of photography, writing, sound, installation, printmaking and drawing. Cassie is currently exploring themes of intergenerational experience and trauma, bodily memory and knowledge holding while undertaking her Honours year in fine arts at the University of Tasmania. Her current Honours project is investigating ideas of knowledge holding and knowledge loss and how that is affecting the artist’s sense of their Tasmanian Aboriginal identity.
Josh Prouse is a Tasmanian Indigenous artist, working and living in the mountains of Glenlusk, in the south of the island. He works with his hands, specialising in the use of reclaimed metals, incorporating blacksmithing and jewellery techniques, with an emphasis on the act of making. Prouse’s work focuses on the histories of the colonised island known as Tasmania – examining these narratives through the scope of an Indigenous person, reworking found materials, extruding the knowledge they hold. Prouse examines injustices of the past in a contemporary setting, appropriating skills and materials typically associated with the industrial industries that helped build this colonised island. Through this process, Prouse has formed his own making and material-language, defining his practice under ‘BLAKsmith’. Through making intimate objects, he is able to focus on the small details of not only my work, but the small histories of this island.
Both artists along with Reece Romagnoli-Townsend are founders of the Blak Arts Collective.
I Carry Her With Me (study), 2021. Digital print on cotton paper.
Portrait of Cassie | Sophie Bayly
Portrait of Josh | Joanne Grant