Mural creates cultural connection
Aboriginal visual artist and Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman Elizabeth Close has created a mural to increase the visibility of Aboriginal culture within the community.
Supported by a City of Mitcham Public Art Grant, the 19.5m mural is painted on the wall adjoining Shepherds Hill Dental Clinic and Precious Cargo in Blackwood.
Titled ‘Together’, the mural design features circular motifs that represent sub-communities in our City including schools, sporting teams and families.
Dots in the mural represent Aboriginal connection to space, place and country, as well as the importance in sharing of stories, songlines and culture.
The vivid palette references the landscape and wildlife as Elizabeth uses “soft purple grey tones to evoke images of the misty Blackwood winter mornings” and “warm red tones to represent the sun as the giver of life”.
For Elizabeth, who grew up in Central Australia, Blackwood has become a “home away from home” as she easily connects with the community and natural environment in this area. She hoped to express this connection within the mural.
“[Together] speaks broadly about Aboriginal connection to the landscape, and how the landscape is enmeshed within our personhoods as First Nations Australians,” she says.
Elizabeth is passionate about making art accessible.
“Public art takes art out of galleries and off the walls of the wealthy…[it] is a good way to counter negative discourses, challenging people’s perceptions and ideas while reminding them they stand on Aboriginal land.”
The grant budget also provides for the creation of a professional time-lapse package, capturing the evolution of the mural, which will be made available to Mitcham Council, Precious Cargo and Shepherds Hill Dental for their use.
Public Art Grants Round 3 2019/2020
Street Stories by John Denlay
A placemaking pilot project where neighbourhood stories are presented in concrete kerbing. Artist John Denlay has etched short stories and poems into the face of the kerb while concrete was poured in Gladys St, Clarence Gardens. The project aimed to create a greater sense of place for the community. Wander down Gladys St to see the work, or visit: https://www.mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au/community/grants/public-art
Cultural Spaces by Marra Dreaming
A series of five totem poles inspired by the River Red Gums within local reserves to reflect Indigenous culture. These totem poles are not Kaurna artwork; however the poles will include information about flora, fauna or other aspects that were of importance to the Kaurna people and will be located on Waite Street Reserve in Blackwood.