Aru

Mary TAYLOR: artist

Not On Display

About the work


This image depicts the pretty rocks (aru), rock formations, rock pools and small rivulets of the artist's husband's country along the Berkeley River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Mary Taylor’s art maintains her ongoing connection to her husband and his Country. Having lived and walked the river length with her husband and their children, Mary was acutely familiar with the geography and geology of place. Her swirling circle formations show the eddies of small rock pools and the rock markers along the river banks. Here she played as a girl among the ‘aru’- rocks and stones, fishing, swimming and telling stories. Occasional trees, palms and bush flowers often add to her compositions of stones and rock-holes signifying a particular memory and place of importance. Her inspiration came from the stories told to her by her husband. "The stories told to me while we hunted for fish and turtle. He was a good old man, my husband."
Title
Aru
Artist/Maker and role
Mary TAYLOR: artist
Date
2017
Medium
ochre pigments on paper
Measurements
56.0 x 76.0 cm
Credit line
Purchased with funds donated by Warwick Hemsley, The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2019
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number
2019/0074

This is one of the paintings in our collection.



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