50 x 50cm Inkjet photographic print on cotton rag by Lisa Waup
This work is an outcome of Baluk Arts’ Gumbadik (Soft Tree Fern) project which connected local Aboriginal people of diverse heritage to one of the few original natural environments of the Mornington Peninsula. Endeavour Fern Gully in Red Hill which is managed by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), holds a rich history and cultural significance which captured the imagination of this important collective of Indigenous artists.
Lisa was separated from her Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander family at a young age. She has received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from RMIT University, and developed an affinity with Melanesian culture through living in Papua New Guinea. Lisa has been a director, artist and staff member at Baluk Arts since 2012. Lisa works with paper, and her exploration of three dimensional works has developed a distinctive weaving practice.
"Yoorroom is a wooden carrying vessel which is typically made from hardwood and hollowed out. It is a very useful object and traditionally assisted in carrying food, water and even babies, it is mainly a woman’s implement. This image has greatly been inspired by the Yoorroom/Coolamon, perhaps this tree may have been the perfect wood for making one?"