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Dale Hunter / Mother

41cm x 42cm Acrylic on Tasmanian Blackwood

SKU: DH42

$2,150.00

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In Dale’s words: I am an identified aborigine who was born in Melbourne Victoria in 1959. My family are from the Wiradjuri mob in NSW. I would like to acknowledge that my art respects the power of the ancestral beings, expresses individual and group identity, and the relationship between people and the land.

Dale Hunter who was born in Victoria in 1959, her family are from the Wiradjuri mob in NSW and she currently lives in Tasmania. Dale has a Fine Art Degree from the University of Tasmania, she also has a teaching degree as well as a Graduate Certificate in TESOL. She currently works as a school teacher in St Helens, Tasmania.

Dale says that painting the Aboriginal image on Tasmanian Blackwood creates a cultural connection with our mother the earth. The Blackwood manifests a hologram effect transcending time and place. Representational paintings of the indigenous body is the fundamental theme in her work.

Dale’s husband mills the timber from their 350 acre property near St Helens in Tasmania. He resurrects dead Blackwood trees and turns them into a truly beautiful sculptural piece. After using acrylics to paint the wood, each piece is then varnished several times to enhance the natural grain of the Blackwood. Forged metal hangers are created individually for each unique and collectable piece of art.

The Blackwood, which has absorbed the passing of time, actively participates in the transmission of myths and symbolism. Dale’s artwork moves away from traditional dot painting.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
• Fine Art Degree from the University of Tasmania. Major Art Theory – Aboriginal Art Practice and Culture
• Bachelor of Teaching, Deakin University
• Graduate Certificate Teaching English Second Other Language (TESOL), University of Wollongong
• Currently employed at St Helens District High School as a teacher

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS
• Solo exhibition University Tasmania Plimsoll Gallery, 2005
• Assistant to Gloria Petyarre and Barbara Weir Art Mob, 2006
• Exhibitor Tasmania Art Fair 2001, 2002, 2003
• Private art teacher 10 years St Helens 2000-2010

 

I would like to acknowledge that my art respects the power of the ancestral beings, expresses individual and group identity, and the relationship between people and the land.

Australian aborigines have been custodians of our land for over 40,000 years. They have lived in harmony with the environment taking only what was needed. Women and children travelled in groups following the seasonal availability of food and resources. People did not own the land but were responsible for looking after it. Aborigines identify with the earth, they feel connected to it, is the earth from which aboriginal identity was born, it is the Mother.

Each group had their own area to hunt and gather food. The size of the area varied according to the amount of food in it. The hunt for sea snails was also a seasonal event, particularly the bigger sea snail, the abalone. The greenish sparkle of remnants seen in the water is evidence that they were once abundant in this area. The thick inner layer of the shell is composed of ‘nacre’ more commonly known as ‘mother-of-pearl. The iridescent sparkle seen in the water of this painting made the shells attractive to aborigines, changeable colours made decorative objects from jewellery to play things for children.

Children learnt about life and ceremonies as they helped with the daily work. They would learn how to hunt and gather food by helping the women and men. Education was a life long process. It was the women of the group who were responsible for teaching the children.
The dingo was also a favourite pet amongst aborigines. It was a protector, a keen hunter and also warned aborigines against evil powers. Some aborigines loved their dingos so much that they were often buried with their owners to protect them even after death.

The children and their mother show their respect to our ancestral beings by the white markings on their bodies. The red bands represent our mother the earth.
The Tasmanian Blackwood creates a hologram effect pushing the image forward yet drawing the viewer into the depth of the Australian outback

After using acrylics to paint the wood, each piece is then varnished several times to enhance the natural grain of the Blackwood. Forged metal hangers are created individually for each unique and collectable piece of art.

This painting is branded with the number 42 on the back and signed by the artist.

Blackwood in Aboriginal Culture ~ Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon

The fine hard wood of this wattle made strong spear-throwers, boomerangs, clubs and shields in parts of Tasmania and Victoria. Aborigines used to soak the bark in water to bathe painful joints. A powerful analgesic can also be derived from the Blackwood tree. The hard wood was also used to make shields and woomeras, whilst the inner bark was used to make string. The tree’s twigs and its bark were also used to stupefy fish as a way of fishing. Leaves and branches were often placed in fishing areas thus stunning the fish and making then a very easy catch.

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