Louise Daniels - About my Art Practice
I am a proud Tasmanian woman of
trawlwoolway/palawa heritage with Irish and British ancestry.
My art practice incorporates charcoal drawing, acrylic and oil paint, and wire sculpture. Primarily my work references Country and cultural histories incorporating a deep exploration and re-telling of the experiences of my ancestors.
My landscapes celebrate the colours, land-forms and watercourses of beautiful North Western Tasmania where I grew up and currently live. As a palawa woman I feel a strong family connection with this place and I express this personal connection through my paintings. Much of my work features the rolling, multi-coloured farmlands around Forth with the Dial Range to the west or the Great Western Tiers soaring up in the east.
I also make figurative aluminium wire sculpture and enjoy creating little wire sculptural narratives. Many with humour, some with love, many are representations of familiar moments in human life.
I have been a finalist in a number of state and national art prizes, including: Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award 2021, National Capital Art Prize 2021, National Shoebox Sculpture Prize 2021, Tidal. 2020, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2021 and 2020; Henry Jones Art Prize 2021, 2019 and 2018, King & Wood Malleson’s Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Prize 2018; National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards 2016; and The Glover Prize 2014. Since 2012 I have held eight solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions in Tasmania, NSW, Queensland, the NT and Victoria. My work is held in private collections in both Australia and overseas. I have recently completed a public art project for the HIVE in Ulverstone's new Cultural Precinct, SWARM, a sculptural installation of large, aluminium bees, and have several exhibitions planned for 2022.
Also a researcher and co-author of publications on Aboriginal family history, my recent art practice explores my connection to the palawa ancestors who endured the brutal colonisation of Tasmania in the early nineteenth century. My 2019 Bachelor of Contemporary Arts Honours exegesis, Giving Voice, was a journey into the remarkable life of my matriarch, woretemoeteryenner (1795–1847), which led to an interpretation and visual representation of woretemoeteryenner’s story. I am a participant in taypani milaythina-tu (Returning to Country) - a Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery project bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal creatives together to respond to artefacts in museum collections. I have completed various public and private commissions and I manage my own professional arts practice.
I continue my research into family and lutriwita history and use the visual arts to express these narratives through my personal lens. I am currently experimenting with natural media, including kelp, found charcoal and ochres.