Pine: The Bunyas

Keys, Cathy (2013) Pine: The Bunyas. Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia, Artisan Gallery.

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Author Keys, Cathy
Title Pine: The Bunyas
Place of publication Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia
Publisher Artisan Gallery
Publication date 2013-03-08
Series Pine
Total pages 1 Art exhibition
Language eng
Subject Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibition/Event - Exhibition/Event
Formatted Abstract/Summary
PINE is a collection of ceramics, works on paper, mixed media and photography concerned with the cultural significance of Bunya pine trees (Arucaria bidwillij).

Cathy Keys is an artist with wide research and artistic interests and significant variety in her background. Her study areas lie in design and architecture, and she has worked professionally in Indigenous communities. Yet her artistic interests during 2012, to be shown in 2013, have extended Keys beyond the ceramic forms for which she is best known. She has traced her roots and family history in the Bunya Mountains, noting the significance of the Bunya pines to her life in the city, and emphasising their importance within Indigenous cultural heritage...

This group of exhibitions has three components-The Bunyas (ceramics and photographic works shown at Artisan Gallery), Pine(ing), (drawings and mixed media works that explore some of her own medical history), and Bunya (ceramics and drawings at the Bunya Mountains Gallery). Consistent with her earlier exhibitions, each is accompanied by historical precedents that speak to her imaginary response to these subjects...

Highly evocative, process-driven drawings include a series of yellow paper daisy drawings that privilege the gesture over technique. Her personal journey through the Bunya Mountains is made overt with the series of photographic pendants and brooches that show us the Bunya horizon, sky and landscape, and internal forest views. Some of these become portraits of individual trees and their hybrids, and include the healthy coexistence of the strangler fig parasite and its Bunya pine host.

The Bunyas represents some of these photographs in sepia tones, their nostalgia echoing 19th century colonial renditions of some of the same views and referring to the history of this significant place to Indigenous populations and colonials alike...

The Bunya Mountains National Park and its stands of ancient Bunya pines is a place of ecological and cultural significance. it's a place of wild natural beauty with a long association of Aboriginal custodianship and more recently-eco tourism. The Bunyas is the second instalment of work concerned with my own personal relationship with this place.
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes 8 March - 15 June, 2013

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