RECENT WORKS

‘The Land of Iramoo’

‘The Land of Iramoo’ Oil on canvas 200cm x 200cm

RECENT WORKS

Catherine van Wilgenburg’s recent works of suburban landscapes of Cairnlea and Caroline Springs, Victoria are layered with first white settler images and text from the journals and notebooks of John Batman & John Helder Wedge’s explorations of Victoria’s western grasslands. Such juxtapositions suggest early settler beliefs about this land & indigenous cultures still hold power. They are the artist’s response to this inheritance with the need to connect with this land and indigenous peoples through her work with the Friends of Iramoo, Featherheads and Pimelia Wildflower Reserves, are remnant grasslands in St Albans and Caroline Springs Victoria.

‘Iramoo’, the original Woiworung language name for the great grassy plains that once encircled the Melbourne area, is the inspiration for contemporary landscape paintings of St Albans, Cairnlea and Caroline Springs

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Australian Coat of Arms” 2m x 2m Oil, wax marble dust on canvas The Land of Iramoo” Oil on canvas 2m x 2m Detail of Borack’s head in “Borack at Avondale Heights

These images acknowledge the contradictions held in our colonial past and a reminder that this past impacts on the present in our attitudes to our own backyard.



Borack and Buckley” Oil and pigment on canvas

These grasslands of Iramoo, firstly places of aboriginal dreaming, are significant spiritual lands which provided the wealth represented in these magnificent silver urns and table pieces which graced the tables of the early colonialists.

These grasslands of Iramoo, firstly places of aboriginal dreaming, are significant spiritual lands which provided the wealth represented in these magnificent silver urns and table pieces which graced the tables of the early colonialists.

Triptych “The Treaty’s All Done – Sulman Prize Finalist 2011 Art Gallery New South Wales “
This work imagines the Treaty with Aboriginal Nations to be in place and is an attempt to resolve the contradictions held in our colonial past and a reminder that this past impacts today, in our attitudes to this land in our own backyards.
In Melbourne’s West, suburban homes perch perilously and shallowly on top of deep layers of ground containing stencil images of indigenous flora and fauna scratched back and built up into the surface of oil pigment, wax and marble dust..



Left Panel: ‘Buckley’s Chance in Esssendon’ Centre Panel: ‘Women Collecting Murnong’ Right Panel: ‘Borack in Avondale Heights’

‘Iramoo’ was the Woiworung language name given by first inhabitants of the region, the Kulin Nations, to the great grassy plains that once encircled what is now Melbourne. Iramoo also meant a meeting place between tribes. The name Iramoo is used with permission from the Kulin Nations Cultural Heritage Organisation.

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