Songlines Art Exhibition
In July 2016 Bridge Housing celebrated the talents of artists living in community housing and NAIDOC Week with the Songlines art exhibition. Learn more about:
“Born in Brazil, it has woven in my heart and soul the passion for nature and colours.
Based on the spiritual and physical world I have intuitively and imaginatively created art for many years using paper as my main medium. My hand made paper is the result of my experimenting with texture and colours. My source of inspiration is generated by contrast, shapes, forms and colours found in nature.
The artwork aims to spur harmony, warmth and movement which is open for individual imagination and interpretation. Nature discarded found material is revived and reinvented for my sculptures as well as society thrown outs, are also transformed into contemporary decorative piece of art.”
“I was born on Aboriginal land into the Palestinian diaspora. My artwork expresses my ancestry. My life experience as a Palestinian woman and mother guides my work centred around cultural symbolism.
Creating with clay connects me to the earth, the past and present, and the continuance of culture. I believe that beauty gives and regenerates hope.
My artwork is dedicated to Palestinian people. In particular, the children, women and men who live under the brutal Israeli regime, its Occupation, cultural violence, and daily violations of International Law.
With deep respect I am grateful to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. From you I have learned so much and continue to learn. Your spirit, resistance, beauty, resilience and endurance, humbles and inspires me."
Dipika comes from an artistic family in India – her sister does Batik, and she learnt drawing and painting from her father. Many years ago she moved to Australia and continued her art practice.
Her paintings reflect her “Songlines” or family stories… her relationship with her daughter, places that are special, and stories that her grandmother use to tell her.
Dipika no longer has time to do her art but she wants to get back to it one day…
"My four paintings represent what my country Australia means to me. There is the cityscape of Sydney, the outback with Uluru and the underwater world of our coastline.
I have spent many holidays in Fiji so have included that painting Fiji Islands as well. I grew up in Mozambique where my parents owned an art gallery. Africa has influenced my work especially in the use of vibrant colour in my paintings."
Margaryta was born in 1963 in Western Ukraine. In 1981 she finished studying decorative and folk art, majoring in embroidery design. Margaryta also worked as a textile designer, and doing freelance art, mainly painting and batik (painting on silk).
Margaryta moved to Australia in 1996 and became a fulltime mother of three and continued painting landscapes and still life in oils and acrylics. She has sold paintings to the Russian community and has participated in the Royal Easter Show exhibitions since 2010. She won 2nd prize in 2011 and received a highly commended in 2012.
Margaryta wants to show the beauty of nature through her artworks.
Semen was born in the Ukraine in 1940 and graduated as a graphic designer in 1964 at Kiev University. He also studied art, painting, monumental and decorative art and conceptual projection at the School of Art in Moscow for four years.
Semen has tutored art and has also lectured at art seminars throughout Russia. He has designed architectural projects in Russia and Canada and has also made stage designs for drama theatre. Semen has had his work shown at other exhibitions around Australia.
Semen was inspired by a trip to Uluru and was interested to learn more about Aboriginal culture and the dreaming. Semen likes to express this through his art work.
“My family was removed from the cultural lands of my people, this denied us our birthright and cultural practices. I am a proud Aboriginal man descending from the traditional lands of the Wongaibon people in northwest NSW.
Practicing Aboriginal cultural art in all its forms allows me to reconnect with my culture. My inspiration for my life’s journey is returning to my culture and heritage through my artwork. I am motivated to learn and share this knowledge with future generation in its many forms. Teaching, learning and sharing my culture has become an affirmation of my identity.”
Michael Williamson (b.1976) is a non-aboriginal ceramic sculptor from Sydney. After avoiding art throughout high school, Michael discovered clay in occupational therapy classes upon his arrival into mental institutions in his early twenties. His diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia helped secure him a subsidised housing unit (now run by Bridge Housing), which freed him from the trauma of cheap hotels and boarding houses.
Encouraged by his mother, Michael began taking ceramics classes at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, which led him into Gymea Tafe. Trained by excellent teachers, Michael took his knowledge home, turning part of his bedroom into a studio. Although very poor, and largely unacknowledged as an artist, Michael is very pleased to have a job that he loves as much as this one.
“These sculptures show a progression of my work over the years. There is some sadness, some happiness and some fun. There is even life in sculpture, as in 'An Eye For An Eye', where an air plant is inserted into the eye socket, with the ability to house a potted plant. I think my work probably reflects my over-active imagination, which psychiatrist's describe as 'schizophrenia'. I enjoy what I do, and I hope that others will enjoy my work, maybe even buy some!”
“Why am I doing this, you must be asking? But you should know that answer yourself. I’m 60 and it just feels time before I’m left on the...
I like Aboriginal people. I like lesbians. I don’t like racists. Or bullies. Or those people that check in the grocery aisle for 12 items or less, when they have a cart full with crap…Don’t they get it? That aisle is for people like - That isle is for people like - .......
Where is the little boy? I've been to…Where he is now?
I ask myself: long old age - a reward or retribution?
Where birds are dying? How old is September?
Do you hear the ocean, what I'm saying?
What young foliage sings to the spring breeze?
Where is death – on the top or at bottom?
Who is there crying in the night?
A person or a bird?
How is called the star that i dream about?
How many leaves to survive, trees pay to the winter?
All I want is that the children did not die before their birthday!
Should I live, when something has not been born?
All I want is for my life to be friend with my death……….”
“After turning 50 years, I decided to study & learn more about my Indigenous heritage by completing a Certificate-III-in-Aboriginal-or-Torres-Strait-Islander-Cultural-Arts at Eora College, where I learned I am a Wiradjuri Woman and my totem is a brush tailed possum. I enjoyed pottery and made a sea urchin.”
"I have lived in the Redfern are for 19 years. My necklaces were made in honour of my Nan (Dad's Mum), a proud, strong Wiradjuri woman.
The colours are red and blue, her favourite hues. The shells because she was so passionate about Manly Sea Eagles football team.
My Nan taught me to use my hands to be creative. She showed me how to knit and sew and bead."
"My artwork tells the story of my "yuin" born grandmother, Edna May, and her journey to Gadigal country (redfern) as a teenager. The four circles in my painting represent the four generations of women in my family: Nan, Ma, me and Coby."