Exotic Lies Sacred Ties
Danie Mellor, Bayi minyjirral [detail], 2013, pastel, pencil and wash on Saunders Waterford paper
30 August –
16 November 2014
This major survey focused on the past decade of the artist’s practice. Mellor’s Indigenous heritage informs his art, which considers Australia’s colonial legacy. Born at Mackay, Queensland, in 1971 he maintains strong links with his mother’s Country on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland.
The exhibition was the first to consider in depth how Mellor has contributed to contemporary Australian art, and encouraged engagement with the nation’s shared and contested histories through core themes. It brought together key works from public collections, including Australian Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The University of Queensland and private collections.
On Tour from the University of Queensland Art Museum
Curator: Maudie Palmer AO; Coordinating Curator: Samantha Littley