Anthropologist John Carty from Canberra conducted interviews with many of the Mulan artists during the recent Paruku Project near Balgo, WA. Here he is back at camp listening back to tapes he has made during the day, while NSW painter and printmaker Mandy Martin works on a multi-panelled canvas. Paruku, or Lake Gregory, stretches out in front of her. John has been studying the art in the region for many years and will complete his PhD in the coming months. It was a treat having an anthropologist working in the Art Centre while we were making the new silkscreen prints, as John was able to explain many of the stories he had been told about on previous visits. He was also part of the “100 printed bandanas” trio, who silkscreened the Paruku Project logo on 100 orange bandanas for distribution to the project team and local artists and children.
Artists & Anthropologists
September 6, 2011 Basil Hall