UQ Opening of Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties

Et in arcadia ego (of landscape and memory) 2011 pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper 152 x 226 cm Private collection, Brisbane

Et in arcadia ego (of landscape and memory) 2011 pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper 152 x 226 cm Private collection, Brisbane

The University of Queensland officially opened Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties with contemporary Australian art from the past decade.

The major survey exhibition, which focused on Mellor’s Indigenous heritage, was a full house during the opening afternoon.

Et in arcadia ego (of landscape and memory) 2011 pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper 152 x 226 cm Private collection, Brisbane

Et in arcadia ego (of landscape and memory) 2011 pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper 152 x 226 cm Private collection, Brisbane

Mellor’s artwork focused on Australia’s shared histories as well as the cultural differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia.

UQ Art Museum Director Dr Campbell Gray stated, “His Indigenous heritage informs his art, which disarms with humour, narrative and a play on the ‘exotic’, while confronting and confounding our understanding of history.”

Mellor manipulated British imagery of blue and white Spode china from the 18th and 19th centuries. He linked this imagery with inspiration from his mother’s home in the Atherton Tablelands of Far North Queensland.

Red, white and blue 2008 mixed media with mosaic and taxidermy variable, tallest 105 cm Collection- Australian Museum Acquired with the assistance of the Australian Museum Foundation

Red, white and blue 2008 mixed media with mosaic and taxidermy variable, tallest 105 cm Collection- Australian Museum Acquired with the assistance of the Australian Museum Foundation

Mellor utilised materials including pencil, Saunders Waterford paper, mosaic china, painted timber, artificial rock, gold leaf, neon and found objects to form a colonial legacy.

Exotic Lies Sacred Ties showcased incredible detail in every individual artwork and was a success amongst the crowd of artists, local supporters, doners and art connoisseurs.

Details: UQ Art Museum, University Drive, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus | Open daily, 10am – 4pm

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