Dr. Deanne Gilson
Karrap Karrap Beenyak Mundi-gurrk – Flower Baskets of Knowledge, 2023
City Square, Swanston St, Melbourne (construction site Town Hall Station)
Artist: Dr Deanne Gilson
Curator: Lisa Warrener, Global Art Projects
Client: Commissioned by Metro Tunnel Creative Program, 2023
About the artwork
“This artwork is based on original paintings in ochre, charcoal, 22 carat gold
leaf and acrylic on canvas.
The dilly bags and baskets are drawn from the South-eastern collection of
artefacts held within the Melbourne Museum, and gifts from family and friends.
They reclaim back our knowledge, traditional business and practice, re-enriching
our lives with culture, Dja (Country) and connection through sharing once again.
I have included Indigenous plants that highlight their uses from healing plants to
bush tucker, artefacts, our Kulin creation stories, and connection to Dja.”
About the artist
Dr. Deanne Gilson is a proud Wadawurrung woman and an award-winning
visual artist who lives and creates from her ancestral home of Ballarat in
Victoria. Her multidisciplinary art practice interrogates the colonial disruption of
her family and explores ways in which contemporary art can create a platform
towards healing, acceptance and re-claiming back cultural identity, often
drawing upon traditional knowledges of her ancestors.
She recently completed her PhD at Deakin University, looking at
defining Aboriginal women’s business through contemporary art.