Murray Art Museum Albury presents ‘on the bank…on the brink’, an exhibition of significant drawings by nineteenth-century, Aboriginal artist Tommy McRae and new works by First Nations artists Mia Boe and Phil Murray.
Through simple yet expressive line, Tommy McRae’s drawings document a time when traditional Aboriginal life was first intersected by colonial invasion in the Upper Murray River region. McRae’s vivid scenes of ceremony, corroboree, hunting, and fishing cast a retrospective lens on cultural life when his Country along the banks of Lake Moodemere, Wahgunyah was in rapid dispossession from his people.
This exhibition brings together the 140 year old drawings of McCrae with two contemporary First Nations artists, Mia Boe and Phil Murray. Both have been influenced by McCrae, and their practice extends many of the themes and ideas in McCrae’s work.
‘on the bank…on the brink’ is just one of six exhibitions taking place at MAMA over the Summer. With multiple gallery spaces, there is something for everyone at MAMA, including local artists, works from the permanent collection, and children’s installations.