Aboriginal Contemporary shows artist’s work Corban Clause Williams and Judith Anya Samson online
In the Martu language of the western desert, the word Marlpa means camaraderie. And then it’s a good name for a new online exhibition that hosts the Waverley Gallery Aboriginal Contemporary in collaboration with Martumili Artists, run by the Martu people.
Marpla pair of new artists Corban Clause Williams and Judith Anya Samson for their first joint exhibition together. Painting in good company is a tradition for desert artists. Williams, who teaches cultural awareness, also worked at Martumili behind the scenes before stepping into his own painting practice. Samson is the grandson of renowned Martu artists Dadda Samson and Yanjimi (Peter) Rowlands.
“When I paint with Anya, we always laugh,” Williams says of his collaborator. “We tell jokes, we talk about our paintings. I learn about her country from her paintings, and she learns about my country, Kaalpa, from my paintings. “Samson agrees. “I will always paint more when I paint with Corban.”
The exhibition was originally planned a year ago, but gallery owner Nichola Dare says the wait has only made it even more exciting to finally share these 14 works. “Anya and Corban’s work is truly amazing. These two artists, who are close friends, are destined to shape the future of Western desert art.
The virtual review of Marlpa opens at noon on September 17, as hosted on the Aboriginal Contemporary website. Locals will also be able to see the works on rotation in the gallery window.
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