Event Name Black | White: Sam Juparulla Wickman
Start Date 16 Jun 2016 10:00 am
End Date 17 Jul 2016 4:00 pm
Duration 31 days and 6 hours

Sam Juparulla Wickman's latest exhibition features glass shields and large canvases exploring the theme Black | White, examining the coming together of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. 

The works are a personal journey for Juparulla Wickman, a narrative which tells of his landscape, his country, a place where ritual inclusion belongs to him, and his family. A significant ancient tradition which has been passed down over millions and through the efforts of storytellers like Juparulla Wickman will continue to for future generations.

Juparulla Wickman's knowledge of his culture is broad and materialised on canvas and in glass. In this body of work Sam explores understandings of ceremony and culture, and his intimacy with country and ceremony. As a Arrernte, Luritja, Pitjantatjarra, Yankuntjatjarra man, Wickman aims to pass on knowledge of how an Aboriginal Wati expresses and exerts his understanding of ceremony within the landscape.

Since 2004 Sam Juparulla Wickman has led the Indigenous production of warm, slumped glass, painting and fusing glass. This experimentation in glass, much of it at the Bonegilla Glass Co-op before its closure, opened up a whole new medium for Aboriginal artists to pursue. Another significant influence in Wickman's craft came from working with Malcom Jagamarra, a Warlpiri man, part of the contemporary desert art movement. A large slumped glass work, titled My Mother's Country, was a finalist in the 2005 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The Federal Government purchased a replica of the Telstra final as a gift to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.