Paintings made by some Australian Indigenous people have inspired an art exhibition that includes a painting of the rocks that formed part of the rock formations that form the Great Barrier Reef.
Key points:A painting by Indigenous artist Kelly Moore, which is part of an exhibition, inspired an exhibition at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary ArtSydney artist Kelly Moore painted the rocks to make them more reflective, reflective white paintSource: Kelly MoirePainting the rocks formed part the Great Australian Barrier Reef, a marine environment created by a series of large rocks, called stumps.
Mr Moore was inspired to create the painting after he was shown a painting by Aboriginal artist Kelly Morgan, who was also an artist.
He was inspired by the large rocks that form part of a series known as stumps, which are a type of marine environment known as a stomata, which means a mound.
“The stumps are made of sedimentary rocks, limestone, sand and mud,” Ms Morgan said.
“They’re a kind of barrier of sorts.”
It’s not as much of a barrier as you might think, because we can actually see the ocean from there.
“Ms Morgan said she wanted to paint the rocks so that people could see them from the air.”
What they are looking at are the sea life that they’ve been seeing over the years, from the water,” she said.
In her painting, Ms Moore is shown making rocks to create a reflection of the sea.”
I wanted to make it so that we could be able to see the sea from the land,” she explained.”
We’re actually looking at the sea and seeing what’s underneath.
“In this way, the sea itself is creating this reflective surface.”
The exhibition is currently on display at the Sydney Museum of the Contemporary Arts.
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