‘The bomber’ captures the athleticism and bravery of a WWI soldier

Based on drawings made in the field, Web Gilbert’s (1867-1925) The bomber c.1915-21 depicts a First World War figure of a grenade-throwing soldier. The swinging leverage of the soldier’s outstretched arms practically rotates above the power and stability of his climbing stride. With this strong and balanced stance, Gilbert at once captures the athleticism and…

‘Skullcap’ honours Aboriginal servicemen

Shirley Macnamara lives outside Mt Isa in central Queensland where she runs a thriving cattle property with her son, and is also immersed in her family’s cultural and political research. In 2013 Macnamara began to make skullcaps, reminiscent of a customary funerary practice for some Aboriginal women where their heads were plastered with white clay…

Canine Construction: Visually striking and instantly likeable

South Korean artist Gimhongsok’s Canine Construction 2009 brings me a lot of joy. This is one of Gimhongsok’s proposals for public monuments, recognising that no-one ever seems to agree on public art. It’s cast from resin but looks like it’s made out of garbage bags. Sure, there’s an art world in-joke here, looking like a…

Problem-Wisdom: A parade of papier-mache objects

Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert’s parade of papier-mache objects in Problem-Wisdom 1993-95 is a rich and joyous meditation on life. Conjuring up the many creative projects happening in homes around the world at the moment, 366 hand-made papier-mache human figures, animals and an assortment of other objects are laid out in rows on the floor, each…

Shirley Macnamara: fibre artist

Shirley Macnamara is a fibre artist with a significant career dating from the mid 1990s. Her work Wingreeguu 2012 is a woven sculptural installation based on traditional Indjilandji/Dhidhanu Alyawarre spinifex shelters. Macnamara spoke to Diane Moon about her work. Shirley Macnamara | I live on a cattle station which I run with my son and…

Shirley Macnamara: Respect, balance and belonging

Indjalandji artist Shirley Macnamara weaves the Queensland desert landscape into the very fabric of her work, creating exquisite sculptural forms and vessels from spinifex and other natural materials. Anneke Silver offers a personal reflection on the artist’s practice and explores how her works evoke both the resilience and the colours of the environment they spring…