2021 Exhibition

Grounded

My Wilcannia Life

Karin Donaldson

Read my artist statement here

View Grounded sculpture and ceramic works here

 

Location

404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
bhartgallery.com.au

Date

9 July – 22 August, 2021

 

New Day, New Growth

1993
unique state hand coloured linocut on cartridge paper
framed size h 83cm x w49cm
$1,000

Rivergums with a story to tell

2019 – 2021
pastel on colorfix paper
framed size h 73cm x w93cm
$2,400

Falling head first through the universe

2002
monoprint with acrylic
framed size h 70cm x  w55cm
$1,000

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, I felt as if I was falling head first through the universe. Art making has wonderful power over fear and anxiety – I made dozens of drawings in the midst of the anguish.

Ephemeral lakes by starlight

2014 – 19
unique state relief print with stitching and acrylic on canson paper
framed size h 84cm x w54cm
$1,800

A thousand winters beside the river

2015 – 21
pastel on colorfix paper
framed size h 73cm x  w160cm
$4,200

JIM WHYMAN AT HOME IN WILCANNIA

1982
oil on canvas
framed size h 126cm x  w126cm
NFS

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MARYAM’S SONG OF THE GREENING

2010
variable hand coloured linocut, collage and acrylic on Rives BFK paper
framed size h 94cm x w69cm
$1,800

I wanted to sing with Maryam of Nazareth as she danced her joy at the prospect of a new time, her hope for the coming of an era of peace and justice. The words are in her language, ancient Aramaic: ‘My soul rejoices in the Lord/ My spirit exults in God my saviour.’

Bob and Rita Wilson ‘in a world of possibilities’

2014 – 21
oil on canvas with photo montage
framed size h 124cm x w185cm
NFS

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ANCESTRAL PLOUGHMAN

(with an image from ancient Swedish rock art)  2012
Variable relief print on Rives BFK paper
framed size h 66 cm x 87 cm
$1250
$900 (unframed)

Some of my ancestors belonged to the west coast of Sweden, and I was moved to find that, in ancient times, people of the region had a tradition of making images in rock. No information has survived about their meaning and purpose, but I felt free to use some of these ancient images in my work – my ancestors might have been among the artists who created them.

BILLABONG IN THE MORNING

pastel on colourfix paper
framed size h69 cm x w 87 cm
$2,400

BILLABONG WITH LONE EGRET

linocut on Rives BFK paper
framed size h 90 cm x 48 cm
$600
unframed $400

CANDELABRUM FOR THE PLANET EARTH

2019 – 21
mixed media on paper
framed size h 155cm x w123cm
$4,200

DROUGHT

2010
variable relief print, collage and acrylic on Rives BFK paper
framed size h 55 cm x 68 cm
$800
unframed $400

‘My country, a part of me’ Ethel Edwards at Capago Lake

1992
oil on canvas
framed size h 162cm x w162cm
NFS

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MOTHER IN THE HARD TIMES

1996
linocut on Rives BFK paper
framed size h 59cm x w50cm
$600

SERPENT IN ITS OWN COUNTRY

2016 – 18
mixed media on paper
framed size h 83cm x w 218cm
$4,800

Walking beside the river one day, I was intrigued by the long sheets of bark shed by a rivergum. The undulations on them were like hills and I decided to take some home and roll them up with printing ink to see if I could get an image to use as the basis of a panoramic landscape. But when I lifted the print, I was startled to see the clear image of a large snake, even to the details of its head. It thrilled me that the land itself had given me a subject. I let myself be led by the unexpected print and my own intuition, and honoured this mysterious serpent that had emerged.

STORM COMING

2012 – 21
pastel on colourfix paper
framed size h 76cm x w95cm
$2,400

Plunging into the chaos

2017
mixed media on canson paper
framed size 89 x 68 cm
$2,400

The writing on the wall

2020
mixed media on cartridge and canson paper
framed size 74 cm x 63 cm
$950

On the brink

2016 -18
mixed media on Rives BFK paper
framed size 85 x 65 cm
$2,600

Quite bewildered

2020
mixed media on cartridge paper
framed size 95 x 79 cm
$2,600

I began this work by making a monoprint with random scribbles – one of my ‘chaos’ series – and when I peeled back the print, a face emerged from the scribbles, staring at me with the blank eyes of a bewildered person. There are many facial expressions that would echo the chaos of our times – and bewilderment is one of them.

Clouds and daisies

2018
pastel on colourfix paper
framed size 88 x 69 cm
$2,400

Towards the ridge

2019
pastel and charcoal on colourfix paper
framed size 86 x 69
$2,400

Walking up a slope in the Spring Hills (Paakantji-Wilyakali Country) I found myself in a place that was dramatically beautiful – but a difficult place to be, because it was so incredibly stony. It was also littered with so many fallen branches that it seemed that a mini cyclone had been through. It was almost impossible to walk – kangaroos and emus would find it as inhospitable as I did. But I loved the fierce, stark beauty, and sat down to draw and honour it.

When the river began rising

2018
pastel on colourfix paper
framed size h 67cm x w84cm
$2,400

Reaching out within the chaos

2018
mixed media on art papers
framed size 110 x 88 cm
$3,500

In recent years, I’ve felt moved to address the chaos of our times in my art-making. In a number of works, I’ve begun by making monoprints with random scribbles or blotches, letting the work show me what to do next. It’s a technique that’s intentionally unpredictable (like many of the situations we find ourselves in!) and pushes me to trust my intuition as I go forward with the work. But while I begin with chaos, I don’t end with it – I seek energy, life and hope in the midst of it.

Gallant survivor beside an uncertain river

2019
pastel and charcoal on Moulin de Larroque paper
framed size 88 cm x 70 cm
$2,000

Skipping in the midst of it all

2019 – 20
variable relief print with charcoal and acrylic on BFK paper
framed size h 83cm x w60cm
framed $1,200

Dance of the drought survivors

2018
pastel and charcoal on colourfix paper
framed size h ​68cm x w86cm
$2,400