Mildura Arts Centre & Rio Vista
2-5 October 2015
Murray River Punch is one of Ely's most well known performances and a significant example of the Australia environmental art. The image following shows Ely's performance in Adelaide, near the mouth of the Murray in 1980.
|Murray River Punch, performance in Adelaide 1980|
|Murray River Punch, Ingredients, (1980), NGV collection|
On a recent school holiday road trip, we stumbled upon the Palimpsest opening at Mungo Lakes & an exhibition of Ely's most recent work.
Interior Decoration (Installation, 2013-2015) was part of this year's Palimpsest which explores the inter-generational effects of untreated post-traumatic stress disorder. Ely untilises family furniture (she grew up on a soldier settlement in Robinvale) and her father's WW2 military service experiences. The context of the house museum Rio Vista expands the domestic narratives of the objects that Ely has created.
|Family home of the Chaffey brothers. Famed for bringing California irrigation to the Murray River& regions. Rio Vista is now a splendid house museum adjoining the Mildura Art Gallery.|
|MASTER BEDROOM, Sewing Machine Gun.|
|BATHROOM, Mirror Mirror|
|CHILD'S BEDROOM Watchtower|
|NURSERY, Baby Boy|
|HALLWAY, DUKW Cradle. Amphibious landing vehicles transported troops and supplies in PNG|
|WOOD PANELS, Tour of Duty Palestine, Watchtowers documented by following artist's father's Battalion service in Egypt and Israel.|