2022, Bronze with tortise shell patina (set of 3)
60 x 60 x 18mm
Edition of 12
Wer (Star) draws on Gail’s memory of her father (Eddie Kioki Mabo) placing sand in her hand on the beach of Mer, their island home in the Torres Strait.
“What do you see? look closely!” he said.
This was the magic moment of realising each piece of sand took the form of a star.
The unique star sand of Mer connects the land, sea and sky in Torres Strait Islander Knowledge and astronomy supporting navigation, seasonal planting, hunting and spirituality.
Gail Mabo is a multidisciplinary artist working across sculpture, installation, printmaking and painting. Most recently Mabo has been experimenting with cast bronze, empowered by her 2021 residency at Urban Art Projects. Her work often connects Torres Strait Islander Knowledge and political histories including that of her own family to manifest contemporary advocacy. Storytelling and sharing Culture are important to her work.
In 2018 she co-curated the exhibition, Legacy: Reflections on Mabo. This exhibition premiered in Townsville her hometown and is on a four-year Australian tour. Her most recent exhibition, House of Cards, Mabo mined her personal and emotional archive to speak to the socio-political climate of three generations of powerful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This immersive installation premiered at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts in Townsville in 2021 and will tour to newly opened Rockhampton Museum of Art later this year.
In recent years she has been commissioned to create major new works for Tarnanthi and AGNSW. Both commissions were subsequently collected. Her work is also held in Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery Australia and Artbank among other collections of national significance.
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