Joanne Currie Nalingu

MorningGlow | 2023 | acrylic on canvas | 100 x 150cm

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2023 - Finalist

[Image courtesy of the artist]

Joanne Currie Nalingu | MorningGlow | 2023 | acrylic on canvas | 100 x 150cm

Artist Statement

In this work, Joanne has experimented with new treatments for the building up of grounds, textures, and the finish of her painting. Deviating from flat colours or photographic imagery, this background is layered with soft (yellow) stripes that the artist refers to as ‘that particular glow’. Along with her distinctive river lines, these elements are delicately blended to create an effect reminiscent of morning light - an implicit and glowing confidence to be found and measured day by day. 

The importance of the river as a metaphor is constant in Joanne’s painting, stemming from her early life living on the banks of the Maranoa River in Mitchell. But Joanne also realises that these meditative interpretations are not geographically specific. … “that river is really a symbol for all rivers, for all people”. Her paintings depict water an endless flow and universal life source.

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.
We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.
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