This major work by acclaimed Australian artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey has been commissioned by MAMA, with the support of the MAMA Art Foundation. The work formed part of Landmarks, an exhibition that celebrated contemporary milestones in land art, presented by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in partnership the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Connelly-Northey’s On Country, is a nuanced consideration of the Murray River, and maps the path of one of this country’s most vital waterways as it courses through the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga.
This epically-scaled work had been made entirely of materials found on the country of Connelly-Northey and her mother, Waradgerie (Wiradjuri). As she has done throughout her career, Connelly-Northey had scoured this country, collecting the detritus and refuse of settlement structures, in this case the remains of a burnt out farm house and the pressed tin ceiling from Albury’s former Town Hall, and assembled them to articulate a story that was both intimately personal and expansive in its broader scope.