The West Australian landscape, spanning one third of this country, possess a topographical diversity unlike any in the world. Climates scaling from Mediterranean to arid desert climb northward, fostering a wealth of biodiversity and environmental values that place the region among the most intriguing on the planet. Within Western Australia lies a network of language, social or nation groups of Aboriginal Australians, and it is the land belonging to the Banjima people that has inspired our exhibiting artist, Carly Le Cerf.
Located in the north of the state, the Pilbara Region is sparsely populated, rich in iron tinted earth and is a place well known to Carly Le Cerf. In her artistic formative years, Le Cerf was a resident of the region, an experience that has influenced her artistic practice since. Now living in Mount Barker WA, Le Cerf regularly returns to her home of yesteryear, with her most recent excursion directly informing the painting works in her first major museum exhibition.
Big Country: Paintings of The Pilbara is alive with colour and movement, mirroring the awesome spectacle of a sun scorched land. Le Cerf’s employment of spontaneous texture, carving and encaustic wax techniques, capture the vast mineral deposits, burnt red earth and dusty pink skies of the Pilbara landscape. Each painting in this exhibition is executed with an authenticity that only a lived experience could supply.
Represented by Michael Reid Murrurundi, Carly Le Cerf is a rising artistic voice who has attracted significant attention for her subliminal portrayal of Australia’s vast geography. In what is a landmark achievement in the artists career, a private patron has purchased the entire collection of paintings in Big Country: Paintings of The Pilbara. This patron’s generosity sees all artworks enter their private collection while providing instrumental support of Carly Le Cerf’s ongoing practice.