Portrait of an artist as a super hero –
Archetypal characters drawn from the vivid imagination of sixteen year-old artist Ray Mudjandi in this debut exhibition.
Mudjandi has been working alongside senior artists of the Kakadu, West Arnhem region within the Children’s Ground Bininj Kunwaral Creative Arts Space. He has been observing and learning skills involved in preparation of traditional materials for painting and of the characters that occupy cultural narratives.
During this time he has created a series of bark paintings with natural earth pigments that are at once, both an expression of cultural sensibilities and a strong contemporary vision.
The works are personal expressions of his bininj culture, his indigenous identity and his love of modern pop culture, films, comics and superheros.
BININJ IKON exhibition is a series of portraits of bininj ‘super heroes’ that Mudjandi has created with ‘super powers’ to empower, protect, and heal.
By Damien Kamholtz, Creative Arts Co-ordinator, Children’s Ground
To support the work of this young emerging artist, these works have been bought by a private collector and donated to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.