Daniel Boyd , Kudjla/Gangalu people , Australia b.1982 / Untitled (HNDFWMIAFN) (detail) 2017

In Daniel Boyd’s works, Australian history is re-told

Daniel Boyd is a Brisbane-based artist of both Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage, whose works often deal with the complexity of the history of South Sea Islander labour in Queensland and its legacy. This is one of our state’s most important historical narratives, with some 62 000 labourers brought to Queensland in the early…

Patricia Piccinini’s major solo exhibition opens at GOMA

A field of more than 3000 specially created flower sculptures (illustrated) is among a range of immersive must-see artworks premiering in the major solo exhibition ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection’ now open at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Patricia Piccinini is one of the most exciting and challenging contemporary Australian artists working today and ‘Curious Affection’,…

Lines in the sand: Coming to terms with Patricia Piccinini

Elizabeth Finkel, former biochemist, and Editor-in-Chief of Cosmos Magazine, a science magazine that she co-founded in 2005, comes to terms with Patricia Piccinini. This is an extract from ‘Lines in the sand: A science writer comes to terms with Patricia Piccinini’ from the exhibition publication supporting ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection‘. I’m interested in telling stories about the…

Judy Watson, Waanyi people, Australia b.1959 / sacred ground beating heart 1989

Pulse of the earth: sacred ground beating heart

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we profile Judy Watson’s sacred ground beating heart 1989. Her work which includes drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture all reference an Indigenous connection to land and history. Recently Watson won The Queensland Indigenous Artist Public Art Commission 2016 for her bronze sculpture tow row (illustrated), which is permanently installed at the entrance to…

Patricia Piccinini’s wonderland of weirdness

From 24 March 2018, GOMA hosts its largest solo exhibition devoted to an Australian artist. Patricia Piccinini’s complex offspring, and some unusual new siblings, come together for ‘Curious Affection’, comprising sculpture, photography, video, drawing and large-scale installations. Gabriella Coslovich recently met the artist, and several of her creations, at her Melbourne studio. Under a crisp…