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John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas

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John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view. Photographer: Andrew Curtis.

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas

30 Mar 2019 - 2 Jun 2019

John Wolseley’s 2016 gift to Geelong Gallery of his ten metre long, six panel panoramic watercolour The pearl fisher’s voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay, 1985–89, is the catalyst for an immersive installation in which Wolseley and senior Yolngu artist and clan leader Mulkun Wirrpanda, extend their decade-long collaboration. Both artists share a profound sense of the beauty and fragility of the earth and its ecosystems, and in this project their works meditate especially on the mollusc as a powerful indicator of changing oceanic conditions and water systems. 

Wolseley’s work includes unique woodblock prints taken from swamp mangroves that bear the bored channels of ‘shipworms’, a widespread species of mollusc feared by 17th and 18th century naval explorers, including James Cook, for its capacity to consume a ship’s timber, rendering it dangerously unseaworthy.

Mulkun Wirrpanda’s lyrical bark paintings and larrikitj maintain knowledge about traditional foods sourced on land and in the waters, including 'shipworms'.

Part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019, a socially-engaged festival of exhibitions, theatre works, keynote lectures, events and artist talks considering climate change impacts and the challenges and opportunities arising from climate change.


Image:  John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view. Photographer: Andrew Curtis.

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