SHORELINES – Lockhart River Collaborations
Rosella Namok, Samantha Hobson, Fiona Omeenyo & Michael Eather
FRONTIER SKIES (SERIES): Rosella Namok & Michael Eather 2021
Rosella’s big impressionist skies speak directly of her Far North Queensland homeland. Intense colours of tropical sunsets and the drama of threatening storms merge coastal landscape with the artist’s Indigenous narrative. Michael’s contrasting imagery of industrial forms (smoke stacks & water coolers) sets up frameworks for a contested space - (nature vs. culture; skepticism vs. activism). Both artists attempt to balance these seemingly opposing visual elements as contemporary moments in time. The hovering stingray sometimes appears in the sky as a voyeur or witness.
RAIN STONES (SERIES): Rosella Namok & Michael Eather 2021
The Stinging Rain imagery of Rosella has developed over recent years to become a powerful and evocative landscape arrangement merging sky and water. Michael’s shadowed coloured stones bring these forces of nature to earth balancing all these elements both philosophically and compositionally to offer spatial tranquillity.
SANDBEACH STONES (SERIES): Samantha Hobson & Michael Eather 2021
Samantha brings the energy and oceanic surge of the tropical north, evoking a musical expression across the canvas, song lines and survival stories. Michael’s beach textures and coloured stones refer to his coastal fascinations stretching from Tasmania to Northern Australia. This demarcation of land and sea, solidity and fluidity summons the stillness of a remote beach lifestyle amidst the ebb and flow of time and tide.
FLIRTING (SERIES): Samantha Hobson & Michael Eather 2021
Samantha’s sandbeach and wave bust expressions create a playful scenario to situate Michael’s stingrays, blue for boys and pink for girls. A mischievous narrative of hunting and role play is on display.
TEACHING STONES (SERIES): Fiona Omeenyo & Michael Eather 2021
Fiona’s distinctive imagery features configurations of traditional families alongside ancestor spirit figures. These images evoke ideas of nurturing, watching over and ‘looking out’ for each other. Michael’s tumbling rocks and stones appear to embrace the blurred spaces between land, sea and sky. The dramatic interaction between these forms and figures pose questions of what we might learn from a collective ‘human nature’.
GHOST SHIP HORIZONS (SERIES): Fiona Omeenyo & Michael Eather 2021
Michael embellishes Fiona’s painterly horizons with nostalgic images of oval portals and the mirage of a three-masted tall-ship. This image denotes the symbolic presence of three Australian historical chapters: First Nations, British Coloniser, and the subsequent Immigrant waves. Fiona and Michael’s ’s shared imagery evoke the idea of displacement and discovery, the mystery of both new and ancient landscapes.