• Artist
    Marlene Gilson
  • Title
    Wathaurung Gathering Mount Egerton
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    Acrylic oin canvas
  • Dimensions
    100 x 100 cm
  • Credit Details
    Courtesy the artist

Marlene and Deanne Gilson

Saturday, August 04, 2012 - Sunday, September 09, 2012, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Timken Community Gallery
Admission: Free

Welcome to our Country (Ngardang baap yarrang) - Mother and Daughter - Wathaurung (Wadawurrung) Dreaming

Marlene Gilson is a Wathaurung Elder and Traditional Owner of the area that encompasses Ballarat, Skipton, Geelong, Werribee, Oueenscliff and Torquay. She is a self-taught artist who explores Aboriginal myth and Dreamtime stories through her works which are marked by a naive style coupled with a spiritual link to her ancestors. As she lives on her country the stories have special significance to her as they create the link to culture that is dying with each generation. Special places of importance to her are Lal Lal Falls, the final resting place of Bunjil the Eagle, and Black Hill, where the creation story began.

Her works in this exhibition focus on images of Bunjil the Eagle who created all Aboriginal men and women. Bunjil the Eagle and Creator Spirit was also accompanied by Waa the Crow, who scattered the people all over the Australian landscape. The Wathaurung people believe that Waa is the spirit of their ancestors and the eagle and the crow are their totems.

Marlene's daughter Deanne Gilson is also a proud Wathaurung woman and Traditional Owner. She is a multimedia visual artist who works primarily with clay and paint in order to explore the metaphorical aspects of the figure and form. She has incorporated her recent experience in working as a Cultural Field Officer alongside archaeologists doing land surveys on her ancestral land by undertaking visual documentation of artefacts.

Their aim in this joint exhibition is to help keep their culture alive and pass on their stories for future generations to come.