Mandy Martin was born in 1952 in Adelaide and studied at the South Australian School of Art, 1972-75. Between1978 – 2003 she was a lecturer at the School of Art, Australian National University and then a Fellow there between 2003- 06. She is currently an Adjunct Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.
She is an artist who has held numerous solo exhibitions in Australia, Mexico and the USA as well as being in curated group exhibitions in Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, USA, and Italy. Her works are in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, major state galleries and collections. In the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT
March 1- April 14 2013
Desert Lake is an exhibition centred around the remarkable desert wetland of Paruku, located in the southeast Kimberley and known to non-Indigenous Australians as Lake Gregory. The exhibition comprises work by both non-Indigenous (Kartiya) artists and the Indigenous Walmajarri custodians of the Lake country, and explores the aesthetic, scientific and traditional values of Paruku.
Paruku was declared an Indigenous Protected Area in 2001 in acknowledgement of its ecological and cultural significance. It is an important breeding ground and refuge for many species of waterbirds, and a unique record of ancient climatic activity. Recent archaeological discoveries suggest it is also a site of great human antiquity.
Desert Lake explores the many ways in which the Walmajarri understanding of Country and Waljirri (Dreaming) intersects with Kartiya scientific and aesthetic values, and provides a rich visual and cross-cultural portrait of an extraordinary part of Australia.
Walmajarri and kartiya artists involved include: Faye Alexander, Megan Doreen Boxer, Alexander Boynes, Jamie Brown, Shirley Brown, Evelyn Clancy, Patrick Kopp, Daisy Kungah, Tara Leckey, David Leece, Jacinta Lulu, Karen Lulu, Veronica Lulu, Kim Mahood, Mandy Martin, Magda Matthews, Anne Ovi, Hanson Pye, David Taylor, Chamia Samuels, Launa Yoomarie, Shirley Yoomarie
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication; Desert Lake. Art, Science and Stories from Paruku CSIRO publishing 2013, a Print folio, DVD and website.
This is the second major collaborative art, science and story project Mandy Martin has coordinated in the Australian deserts since exhibiting Strata. Deserts Past , Present and Future, at Araluen Art Centre in 2005. She has contributed a major series of studies and paintings for this exhibition titled “Falling Star”. She mentored the “History Painting” project with the Warruyanta Art Centre artists for Desert Lake, published a screen-print folio of collaborative and individual prints by several Desert Lake project artists which was printed by Basil Hall Editions, Darwin and also published the website and DVD which was produced and edited by Laura Boynes.
Writer and artist, Kim Mahood, grew up on Tanami Downs Station to the east of Paruku, and has strong connections with Walmajarri people, some of whom worked for her family. Kim has worked for the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area. She has worked for several years on a major mapping project with the Walmajarri Traditional Owners, the most of recent of these maps, including her own, were painted as part of the Desert Lake project. She is well known in the Alice Springs art community and exhibited here with Pam Lofts in February 2012.
Also exhibiting are Alice Springs based artists, Faye Alexander and Tara Leckey who coordinated the Desert Lake sculpture project with the Warruyanta Art Centre.
These Kartiya artists have worked in collaboration, sometimes on the same canvases, screenprints and sculptures with Walmajarri artists including the senior and important artists Veronica Lulu, Hansen Pye and Shirley Yoomarie.
The collection of Walmajarri paintings has been acquired by donors to donate, along with some other donated works by the Kartiya artists and photographers, plus the print folio, DVD and Desert Lake archive to the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art and exhibited there in 2014.
NEXT EXHIBITION AUSTRALIAN GALLERIES, SMITH ST, MELBOURNE
Desert Channels - The Impulse to Conserve
View the online gallery here
View Gallery - Mandy Martin Desert Channels
Wanderers in the Desert of the Real 2009 Exhibition, November 17 - December
Australian Galleries, 35 Derby St, Collingwood 3066
Check out "Wanderers in the
Desert of the Real, Part I and II" on Art + Environment.
William L Fox is Director for the Centre for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art.
See more of Mandy's work at the Nevada Museum of Art, Art & Environment
Read Erin O'Dwyer's article in The Sun Herald "For Love and a Sunburnt Country"
PAINTING FITZROY RIVER VALLEY
Australian Galleries, 50 Smith St, Collingwood 3066
FENNER SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
More about Mandy at The Australian National University, The Fenner School of Environment & Society
Australian & New Zealand
Environmental History Network