Connection to the Land
Harnessing the unpredictable movement of water, Indigenous Artists Agnes Mark has created her own unique style of visual art. Through mixing paint and water on canvas, Agnes creates breathtaking artscapes that apear to move and grow before your eyes.
“I usualy create the work before I know what it will be,” Agnes says. “I follow the movement of the paint and the water, then once it has dried I can sit for hours looking at it before I know what it is. The more you look, the more shapes and meanings you see emerge. Each person will see something different, and that is what I love about this style.”
Her technique is an adaptation of a style learned during an artists workshop held at the NPA Arts Centre, with mentor Arone Meeks. The workshops were an oppertunity for artistic collaboration, an infusion of individual style and technique, to expand the artistic horizons for all involved.
“It was such an inspirting time for us,” Anges said, “we learnt that painting can be so much more than just paint on canvas, it can come to life. Arone taught us how to have fun with paint and water, our art work has grown immesurably since.”
Agnes is a Mpakwithi woman from the commuinty of New Mapoon, in the NPA. Her artwork reflects her culture, her heritage and spiritual connection with the land. In each painting, Agnes draws upon her cultural knowledge and experience to express the spirit of the Earth and of her people.
Her painting ‘Birth of a Coral Reef‘ shows Agnes’ ability to bring life to her work, drawing the viewer into an underwater world. The painting captures the moment of rebirth, as the coral spawn is taken by the current.
Mpakwithi people have a strong tie to the land, sea and sky; as a source of food, spiritual guidance and as a home. Through her work, Agnes wishes to share the strength and beauty of her connection with the land.