Image: Aunty Barb Egan
Experience the beauty of the Murray River in a new exhibition showcasing exquisite works by Muthi Muthi Elder and artist Aunty Barb Egan at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum from 17 February 2012.
River Woman embodies Aunty Barb’s life and culture as she shares her journey and connection to the Murray River of North West Victoria and Lake Mungo, country that holds a deep place within her heart. The exhibition explores a connection to the Murray River that is from time immemorial, with Aunty Barb having lived near the river her entire life, just as her Ancestors did.
Through carefully crafted embossed line work, lino prints, acrylic painting and sketching, River Woman inspires a story of hope, cultural continuity and respect for the environment. Aunty Barb is inspired by the natural environment around Robinvale and the river surrounds, where she grew up, with the twisted roots of the river gum, the ripples of the water and the line patterns in the sand appearing frequently in her work.
“River Woman reveals the deep connection to country that Aunty Barb Egan has, particularly with the North West Victoria region”, said Caroline Martin, Manager of Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. “The beauty of the Murray River reflected in her works sits perfectly in our Birrarung gallery, a river-inspired space with the word Birrarung being the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung word for the Yarra River”.
“I was only a little girl when we got here to the river in Robinvale, and never left,” said Aunty Barb. “The banks were our playground; we played hopscotch and would make trolleys and stilts out of the old sunshine milk tins. We also used to go and get the sweet honey that fell from the beehives in the trees; droplets would fall to the ground and we would go and lick the bark or leaves and pick up the droplets with a stick – they were our lollies. They were good times here on the river; I’ve always wanted to live near the river.”
Aunty Barb is an important Elder in the Robinvale community, sharing her knowledge and stories around the area. Her understanding and generosity make her a much-loved Elder throughout the state of Victoria.
“I was born on the banks of the Murray River,” said Aunty Barb. “I can still remember Dad carrying me on his back when I was younger. I don’t think I’d ever leave Robinvale, I’ve got the river, it’s my home. I just love it here.”
Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
17 February to June 2012
Adults $10, children and concessions FREE
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