4 July – 28 July 2018
Onespace is pleased to host QCA Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art Honours students, Di Hall and Debbie Taylor (Worley) throughout July 2018 for their Onsite Project #OO3. The project will act as a platform for practitioner and community engagement, as well as an opportunity to investigate installation in the space.
Contemporary Indigenous artist Di Hall, is a descendant of the Gamilaraay Nation and explores a wide range of mediums through her arts practice, including sculpture, painting on canvas, wall murals and multi-media. Di graduated with a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts from Griffith University in 2014 with a double major in sculpture, who is currently studying for her honours and working as tutor for the Contemporary Australian Indigenous Arts Program at Queensland College of Art. Di has exhibited in various festivals and galleries including the Dreaming Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Footsteps Gallery, Indidge-n-Arts Museum and Art Gallery, and Sugarbag Gallery. Di is motivated by her Indigenous identity and heritage and seeks to address cultural issues through her visual narratives.
For the Onsite Project, Di presents a three-part installation discussing the government policy of rationing under “the protection of Aboriginals act 1852”. Rationing was the replacement of Aboriginal people’s natural food resources with distributions of flour, tea, sugar and blankets by the early colonisers.
Debbie Taylor (Worley)
Born in Narrabri NSW, Debbie’s roots are with the Gamilaraay people of the Riverine region of northwest NSW. Although deprived of the influence of her Indigenous grandmother, she have always desired to understand more and be a part of that culture. Becoming a mother has made her more determined to impart a sense of tradition to my daughters. In the process, I found a love for Aboriginal art. In 2008, Debbie graduated from Griffith University’s College of Art with a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art. Since then, she has continued to pursue her individual art practice, exhibiting regularly. Her practice has also included creating public artworks for Brisbane City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council, facilitating community projects and school art workshops in painting and ceramics, ranging from playgroups, through to high school students. Her artwork is held in the Moreton Bay Regional Council, the RW&C Hospital and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital collections. Currently, Debbie is on the teaching team at the Queensland College of Art, within the Contemporary Indigenous Art degree.
Yilamba Yinarr (Ancient Woman)
For the Onsite Project, Debbie investigates what it is to be a woman, and powerfully feminine in today’s male dominated society. This has led me to create artwork based around the female figure and primordial symbols used in religious and metaphysical practices that honour the sacred feminine.
Wednesday, 4 July to Saturday, 28 July 2018.
(Left): Di Hall, Sugar Coating (installation, 2018, damper, tea and toffee (flour, tea, sugar), 2018
(Right): Debbie Taylor (Worley), After Gavrinis (detail), 2018, mixed medium on canvas, 100 x 180cm