Claudia Moodoonuthi: My Body, My Country - Art Collector

Claudia Moodoonuthi, Bushfire, 2014. Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 101 x 101cm. Courtesy: the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy

Alcaston Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings and installation by Queensland artist Claudia Moodoonuthi. Claudia spent the first seven years of her life on Bentinck and Mornington Islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria where she was raised by her late Great Grandmother May Moodoonuthi. It was here that Claudia formed a deep connection to her Kaiadilt family and culture, learning traditional skills such as hunting, fishing and gathering in the bush.

My Body, My Country will exhibit new paintings, puppets and skateboards. Claudia’s bold and colourful painting style is greatly influenced by the time spent with her Great Grandmother and renowned artists and elders from Bentinck Island. Her artwork intimately depicts the landscape of her youth, including the island’s swamps and salt pans, cliffs and birdlife, as well as sea pods which appear in the wet season and signify creation and regeneration. Claudia’s artworks convey her wicked sense of humour, and reveal at every stroke of her brush her love and connection to Bentinck Island.

Exhibition opens: 2-4pm Saturday 21 February 2015
Exhibition closes: 28 March 2015
Location: Alcaston Gallery, 11 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Contact: 03 9418 6444

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