BORN UNDER A TREE
VISUAL ART INSTALLATION // By Kyra Mancktelow
Presented by Metro Arts
Through traditional markings and a strong weave connecting clay trunks, Kyra Mancktelow represents the reclamation of identity and the resilience of cultural connections
Born Under a Tree shows traditional Indigenous markings carved into hollow clay trunks, each broken section connected together by a strong weave to denote resilient cultural connections and the regaining of identity.
This work explores the history of Kyra’s Mancktelow’s family in which her great grandfather Henry Hopkins was born under a tree in Eulo, Queensland. As a child Hopkins was taken from his mother and ‘adopted’ into a Western family. This act left his mother childless and tore him away from his cultural connections.
Through this deeply personal sculptural installation, Manktelow examines the intergenerational effects of this traumatic event on her family.
Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr
Metro Arts, West End
Image: Born Under a Tree, by Kyra Mancktelow. Image courtesy of the artist and Redland Art Gallery Collection. Acquired in 2021 with Redland Art Gallery Acquisition Funds.
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