My Journey through Ingarrda Country

Gallery 1

19 July – 20 August 2019

 

Travelling to Different Camps by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Travelling to Different Camps

Jap 016432  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 112 cm

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Seven Sisters by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Seven Sisters

Jap 016433  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 128 cm

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Evening Sky and Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Evening Sky and Country

Jap 016254  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 120 cm

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Spinifex at Dawn Light by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Spinifex at Dawn Light

Jap 016162  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 127 cm

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Land and Sky by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Land and Sky

Jap 016471  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 60 cm

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The Seasons 3 by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons 3

Jap 015948  |  acrylic on canvas  |  73 x 60 cm

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Emu in the Night Sky by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Emu in the Night Sky

Jap 016041  |  acrylic on canvas  |  144 x 118 cm

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Anthills by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Anthills

Jap 016431  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 80 cm

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Night Sky and Reflections by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Night Sky and Reflections

Jap 016253  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 94 cm

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After Bush Fire by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  After Bush Fire

Jap 015487  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 97 cm

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Springwater and Bush Tucker by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Springwater and Bush Tucker

Jap 016154  |  acrylic on canvas  |  123 x 93 cm

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Travelling Through Wildflower Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Travelling Through Wildflower Country

Jap 015758  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 95 cm

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Looking for Bush Fruits by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Looking for Bush Fruits

Jap 016463  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 72 cm

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Travelling – Kennedy Ranges by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Travelling – Kennedy Ranges

Jap 015870  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 126 cm

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Milky Way by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Milky Way

Jap 016141  |  acrylic on canvas  |  72 x 61 cm

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Land – Wild Flowers Blooming by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Land – Wild Flowers Blooming

Jap 016275  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 118 cm

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Land and Sky by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Land and Sky

Jap 015969  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 87 cm

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The Seasons by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons

Jap 015985  |  acrylic on canvas  |  72 x 59 cm

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Night Sky by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Night Sky

Jap 016430  |  acrylic on canvas  |  93 x 79 cm

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After Rain – Gascoyne by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  After Rain – Gascoyne

Jap 016143  |  acrylic on canvas  |  199 x 97 cm

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The Seasons by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons

Jap 015983  |  acrylic on canvas  |  71 x 59 cm

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Sunrise over the Hills by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Sunrise over the Hills

Jap 016277  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 73 cm

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The Seasons by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons

Jap 015984  |  acrylic on canvas  |  72 x 59 cm

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Hills and Wildflowers by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Hills and Wildflowers

Jap 016276  |  acrylic on canvas  |  136 x 69 cm

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Misty Morning by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Misty Morning

Jap 016026  |  acrylic on canvas  |  93 x 85 cm

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Land and Sky by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Land and Sky

Jap 016472  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 59 cm

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Milky Way by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Milky Way

Jap 016140  |  acrylic on canvas  |  72 x 60 cm

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The Seasons 8 by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons 8

Jap 015987  |  acrylic on canvas  |  71 x 59 cm

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Gascoyne Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Gascoyne Country

Jap 016027  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 85 cm

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Storm by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Storm

Jap 015885  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 48 cm

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Gascoyne Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Gascoyne Country

Jap 016142  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 77 cm

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Gascoyne Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Gascoyne Country

Jap 016144  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 138 cm

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Springtime in the Gascoyne by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Springtime in the Gascoyne

Jap 015928  |  acrylic on canvas  |  92 x 88 cm

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Looking fort Bush Tomato by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Looking fort Bush Tomato

Jap 016462  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 83 cm

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Springtime in the Gascoyne by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Springtime in the Gascoyne

Jap 015760  |  acrylic on canvas  |  63 x 56 cm

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Thunderstorm Rain by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Thunderstorm Rain

Jap 016435  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 50 cm

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Night Sky by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Night Sky

Jap 016477  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 60 cm

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Sonya Edney – My Journey through Ingarrda Country is the artist’s statement about her homelands and her life journey to where she is today. Sonya has been painting for thirty years and now presents her first solo exhibition. Sonya is a Ingarrda-Wadjarri woman from the Gascoyne region of mid-west Western Australia. Aspects of the Gascoyne country inform all elements of Sonya’s paintings. She captures the vast spinifex plains and parts of the Gascoyne River that flood, leaving behind winding waterways and clay pans. This country extends out to Mt Augustus the massive rock monolith named Burringurrah in the local Wadjarri language.

Sonya also reflects on the power of the night skies over desert country. Her paintings of the Milky Way show the close affinity between the sky and the land, so that one sphere appears as a continuation of the other. Sonya is recalling her experiences camping out under the stars when her nanna would tell all the children the stories of the stars at night. One of the significant stories includes the Emu in the Sky, where the body of the emu is seen in the dark patches within the Milky Way. Sonya Edney expresses her stories with her skilful use of colour, bringing energy and warmth to images of Country and the powerful elements of nature that rule that domain.

Sonya’s paintings are on display at Japingka Gallery from 19 July until 20 August 2019.

Walk Through Notes

(or view the Visual Exhibition Walk Through)

Travelling – Kennedy Ranges | Jap 015870

The first painting in Sonya’s exhibition is one that Sonya completed early in the range of artworks that she painted for her show. It’s on the cover of the exhibition invitation. This is a really strong image of Gascoyne Country, and you feel it draws you into the landscape. It brings you there with the fullness of the red earth and the colours of the wildflowers and the bush in Spring. It recreates that huge space that is part of the feeling of Ingarrda Country, as Sonya names it. I think this is a fantastic painting and it really gives us a sense of what Sonya is talking about through her art.

Springwater and Bush Tucker | Jap 016154

This painting, Springwater and Bush Tucker, like many of Sonya’s works, draws us into a space that is part landscape and part the spatial feeling around landscape. The painting is divided into three clear sections by one open area that could be water or could be reflections of sky. On one side there is green country with bushes and small flowers, and on the other side there is what feels more like clay pans, red earth marked with purple. This artwork carries the feeling of the different qualities of country. There may be water running through the middle of it. You walk into these landscapes and you feel the different aspects of Country and the changes of season.

Bush Fire at Night | Jap 016144

Sonya called this next work, Bush Fire Country. As we view it you can feel that sense that you’re looking down on Country in the lower half of the painting, and then there’s a horizon merging into the fiery red upper part. The land is burning, and we are seeing the life of the Country in one section of the painting and we’re seeing the burning off, the intensity of fire in open country in the other. It is beautiful composition and design by Sonya. I love the use of colour as well as the way the artist has placed it. You can see how the yellow goes through the deep dark colours in the country, and then emerges in the smoke and haze above the red fire zone. This is a gorgeous painting by Sonya that explores the changing dimensions of Country.

Seven Sisters | Jap 016433

Sonya has made a number of works based on the night sky and the importance of the vast sky in Ingarrda Country. This painting, The Seven Sisters, Sonya also feels is about her family and her sisters. There is a shared traditional story of Seven Sisters that crosses all parts of Aboriginal Australia. Sonya has incorporated the darkness of night sky with the incredible bold design of the constellation, the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters. Down below she’s got her signature style for country, representing spinifex, grasslands and flowers. There’s no clear distinction between the sky and the land. It merges together, both from the symbols used and the feel of the paintwork, the dots that go right through the starry night sky also go right through the land. You get a sense that you’re in the landscape, you’re part of the landscape, and the huge sky is arching overhead.

Travelling to Different Camps | Jap 016432

The variation in landscapes in this next work, Travelling to Different Camps, is wonderful, giving different feelings and mood to the process of travel. Sonya’s quite clear about knowing where in her emotional journey and her physical journey through the country each of her different paintings sit. She feels the emotional quality of the paintings and remembers where she was when she put that painting together. There’s a sense of moving between different locations, visiting relatives and extended clan as she is moving across Country. There is some of the classic desert imagery for people moving across land, imagery seen from above, but it has Sonya’s distinctive hallmarks. It’s got that rich colour. It’s got this wonderful integration of space and design that makes her landscapes so distinctive.

Emu in the Night Sky | Jap 016041

Below is another one of Sonya’s distinctive night sky paintings. This is the story of the emu that’s seen in the middle of the Milky Way. It becomes the dark shape within the stars, and a major constellation and a marker that’s used to signal the change in season. When this constellation, this part of the night sky is overhead, it is the time when the emus are nesting. In this way people traditionally knew what’s happening on the land by what’s happening and appearing in the night sky. This painting has the broad sweep of a landscape, with the exception that you’re looking up, so you get the powerful bands of the Milky Way and the night sky. The artist has moved into using the blues and blue-black colours of the night sky to tell a different sort of story.

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