November verse 15: An initial response to Danie Mellor's A time of the world's making Born on stolen Mamu Country where the Johnstone River flows (Robert Johnstone brought the guns, ey?), where the cash crop sugar grows, I loved that place, its rich volcanic soil, the heat, and the titanic rainfall – the rainforest too. The place was old, and I was new. I didn't hear its age-old stories. Now tiny men, ropes, floating shell, and women with their pile of skulls – in crayon-blue, no dark green glory – all alive, a dream unfurled: is now a time to make the world?
Danie Mellor’s stunning work, A time of the world’s making, 2019, features in Real Worlds: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (next door to the huge Arthur Streeton exhibition on the same floor, and a floor below the Archibald).
Here’s a video walk-through of the Dobell with curator Ann Ryan. She talks about Danie Mellor’s two ‘landspaces’ from 11:16 to 12:58: