Nookamka - Lake Bonney

Nookamka - Lake Bonney
2007

Artist/s name
Nici Cumpston
Barkindji


Medium
watercolour and pencil on colour inkjet print on canvas
Measurements
74.2 x 203.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Adelaide, South Australia
Accession Number
2008.7
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2008
© Nici Cumpston
 
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery Location
Gallery 1
Ground Level, NGV Australia

Nici Cumpston is a descendant of the Barkindji people. This image – from her photographic series based on Nookamka (Lake Bonney) – expresses her concern and reverence for the Riverland region of South Australia where she grew up.

Keenly aware of the environmental crisis facing this polluted and over-salinated network of water-ways, Cumpston’s hand-coloured photographs capture the majesty of the eucalypts that remain as well as the fragile beauty of the stumps devoid of branches.

Cumpston has said of this landscape, ‘I can feel the presence of our ancestors while walking amongst the many scar trees that are scattered throughout the backwaters. The scars in the trees are where Aboriginal people have made coolamons – shields or canoes from the outer layers of bark. They attest to the presence of Aboriginal occupation of the land.’

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