Art and cars: Kayili artists

Kayili artists Mary Gibson, Mrs Kumana Ward, Pulpurru Davies, Nola Campbell and Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles have each indulged a love of colour, animating their car bonnet’s surface with shimmering, cryptic, topographical maps of their country, and the ancestral journeys that formed it. Patjarr, home to the Kayili artists, is a small community of around 20–30…

Chiharu Shiota: In the Hand

The body is a recurring feature of Chiharu Shiota’s work, recently in the form of life-sized cast bronze limbs. View In the Hand 2019 (Illustrated), an impossibly fragile-looking bloom of needles cradled in the palms of a child’s hands during ‘The Soul Trembles’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane until 3 October 2022. Through…

Mannequins strike a pose

The desire to ‘climb the ladder’ of the social and economic order is humorously questioned by Justene Williams in The Vertigoats 2021. Lurid department-store shelving and vivid mannequins create the mood of a hyped-up retail environment. Williams distorts the mannequins’ limbs to draw attention to the ridiculousness of the ideal body propagated by the fashion…

Chiharu Shiota: In Silence

In Silence was born out of a memory of the next-door house burning down in the middle of the night when Chiharu Shiota was a child. A burned piano and audience seating, including the surrounding space, are covered in black thread. While symbolising silence, the soundless piano plays visual music. This installation can be viewed…

Sally Gabori: This is My Land, This is My Sea, This is Who I Am

In 2022 Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924-2015) was named one of Queensland’s Greats, the awards this year recognising a contemporary Queensland artist who made a significant international impact in the art world. Sally Gabori is also having her first major solo international exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, opened by Australian Prime Minister…