An exciting new exhibition reopens at aMBUSH Gallery ANU's Kambri precinct on Tuesday 2nd June, 2020. Mirrung – meaning 'belonging' in Dharug, will showcase the talented works from Indigenous brother and sister, David and Noni Cragg. Their beautiful paintings are inspired by their First Nations, Scottish and Irish background.
The unique pairing of their talent brings their images to life, amplifying the challenges of existing in our culturally diverse communities that is now what being an Australian is about. Mirrung will showcase over a dozen collaborative works, featuring portraits of people connected in some way to the arts.
Among those featured are Lily Keenan, a Sydney-based artist who creates playful, abstract imagery inspired by nature; Yuta Matsumura, an Australian-born Japanese musician and artist; Fevzi Musa, a young queer artist performing drag in Sydney; and Allya and Soumia Bella, a couple of African-Kiwi, third culture kids raised in Australia. Allya is a queer woman of colour with a relentless enthusiasm for life, while Soumia is the Radio Producer for Little Yarns, a podcast for children celebrating the languages and cultures of First Nations peoples at ABC.
The multimedia works are comprised of many layers of paint using aerosols, acrylic paint and markers on canvas. The resulting rainbow-coloured artworks each tell a story unlike what they perceive as the homogenised, privileged, 'Colonial Settler' narrative that has historically dominated modern Australian art.
A classically trained painter, Noni studied at the National Art School in Sydney and has exhibited in a number of solo and group shows, developing a reputation for her colourful, intricate portraits. She also works as a writer, actor, model and activist with NFP charity, The Rough Period, which she co-founded with friend Jasmine Coronado.
David has a long background in graphic design and street art, having worked with some of Australia's leading artists in this area, and studying at Bradfield Design College and the Design Centre in Enmore. He also works as a disability support worker.