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ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION | Hear from two incredible Artists at MAPh this Sunday

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IN CONVERSATION | Join Maree Clarke and Rod McNicol this Sunday 2 April at 1:00pm

Join artists Maree Clarke and Rod McNicol in conversation with MAPh Senior Curator Angela Connor to discuss their personal and artistic journeys, their unique creative processes, and the potency and significance of the human image.

100 faces, exhibition installation view

Maree CLARKE, Maree Clarke  2012

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION | Maree Clarke

Maree Clarke is a Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta and Boon Wurrung/Wemba Wemba woman from north-east Victoria. She is a pivotal figure in the reclamation of south-east Australian Aboriginal art and cultural practices and a leader in nurturing and promoting the diversity of contemporary south-east Aboriginal artists.

Her works in 100 faces – ‘Jack Charles’, ‘Carolyn Briggs’ ‘Kent Morris’ and ‘Maree Clarke’ belong to a series called Ritual and ceremony (2012) which includes 84 named portraits of Aboriginal men and women from Victoria painted in ochre to represent the mourning practices of Aboriginal people along the Murray/Darling rivers. The series speaks about the legacy of the colonial past and challenges the erasure of Indigenous makers’ names from historical collections.

Rod MCNICOL, One hundred and twelve days of solitude 2020

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION | Rod McNicol

Rod McNicol studied photography at Prahran College in the 1970s and completed an MFA (Monash University) in 2007. He has lived and worked in an old warehouse/studio in Fitzroy for more than four decades now, pursuing his passion for photographic portraiture.

Drawing his sitters from the inner urban life around him, his ‘village’ as he calls it, McNicol combines a gentle stillness with an unrelenting directness to pare portraiture back to its bare essence.

This is a fantastic opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with two of Australia’s most inspirational artists.

Image captions:

Installation view of 100 faces featuring artwork by Bill Henson,
Museum of Australian Photography, 2023

Maree CLARKE
Maree Clarke  2012
from the series Ritual and ceremony
pigment ink-jet print
50.0 x 50.0cm
© Maree Clarke, courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery (Melbourne)

Rod McNICOL
One hundred and twelve days of solitude  2020
pigment ink-jet print
80.0 x 60.0 cm
Museum of Australian Photography, City of Monash Collection
acquired 2022
MAPh 2022.36
courtesy of the artist

Image captions:

Installation view of 100 faces featuring artwork by Bill Henson,
Museum of Australian Photography, 2023

Maree CLARKE
Maree Clarke  2012
from the series Ritual and ceremony
pigment ink-jet print
50.0 x 50.0cm
© Maree Clarke, courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery (Melbourne)

Rod McNICOL
One hundred and twelve days of solitude  2020
pigment ink-jet print
80.0 x 60.0 cm
Museum of Australian Photography, City of Monash Collection
acquired 2022
MAPh 2022.36
courtesy of the artist

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