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.

 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

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.

THE ARTIST

KYRA MANCKTELOW

Kyra Mancktelow is a Quandamooka woman with linkage to the Mardigan people of Cunnamulla and South Sea Islanders. With no limitations to medium Mancktelow explores the abiding theme of bringing forth her rich cultural traditions, knowledge and history for the viewers to connect, reflect and recognise.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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