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(97) Nada Murphy - Lost Chapter
The Lost chapter reflects on a variety of indigenous fruits to include coral berries, blue quandong, wild strawberries, munties, desert quandong, gubinge, blue tongue and rosella. These plants are rich food sources that many of us are unfamiliar with. The European bias leaves knowledge about these fruits lost to most. Fortunately, we are in a time of reawakening hopefully before these fruits are simply gone. My own adventures on country have me questioning how the land provides nourishment for us and in working this small collection, I am reminded of the adventures and works, of Ellis Rowan known as the “Flower Hunter” because of her passion for documenting the flowers she found during her travels. On occasion she also documented the fruits.
My work investigates stories in the landscape and the connections of people to the land.
I paint, draw, print, build forms in glass, work with textiles and write.
I am digging into the layers of story that our country tells, building a deeper understanding of and respect for the country we walk on. My explorations take me along riverbeds, the riparian zones and into the delicacies of the vegetation, and to the surround space, parallel to people’s stories. My arts practice connects to the energy of the seasons, our water and the bedrock. The land is integrally connected to the question “Who walked here before?” and the lasting or transient imprint of humanity, with water stories being the thread than transcends.
Contemporary life is many ways disconnects people from the land, so the art works pull that back into contemporary consciousness. My artspace is also a place where I help people to engage with creativity, establish creative identities and explore ideas whilst connecting to our land through creative expression. I enjoy collaborative projects that promote a sense of wellbeing and community.
Link to Nada’s Art Aviso profile HERE
Nada was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia
The World and its work-Agriculture, producing food from the land.
Berries and Fruits of the countryside.