‘Here, this is for you,’ she said to the budding painter, this month’s guest artist in City of Joondalup Naidoc Week celebrations.
‘You’re the only Nyungar artist here and I think you should use it.’
‘From then on I have been experimenting with it (resin from marri and grasstrees),’ Harris said at the opening of his exhibition at blend(er) Gallery on Monday night.
His work, since first exhibiting in 2005, has focused on depicting the central Wheatbelt where he once lived.
The title piece of the City of Joondalup exhibition at blend(er), Ngaaditj Boodja (Salt Country), refers to the devastation from land clearing in the area.
‘I think they’ve done a great job hanging it,’ he said of the exhibition.
‘I think it’s good.’
Harris, who was among 20 Australian indigenous artists chosen for an exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, has been commissioned by the City of Joondalup to a major work depicting Joondalup.
He is represented by emerge Art Space.
WHAT: Ngaaditj Boodja and other
works by Lindsay Harris
WHERE: blend(er) Gallery, 48 Central
WHEN: Open until July 20, Monday-
Thursday, 11am-3pm, Friday, 11am-
7pm, Saturday 10pm-2pm