DETAIL : Jimmy BAKER 'Katatjita' 2006 synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Courtesy of Marshall Arts Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery, � Jimmy Baker
Elaine RUSSELL | Untitled (from the mission series)

Australia 1941
Untitled (from the mission series) 2006
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
80.0 (h) x 110.0 (w) cm
Purchased 2006
NGA 2006.901
© Elaine Russell

Russell’s colourful animations of life at the Murrin Bridge Mission in the 1950s dominate her work and illuminate her childhood experiences, showing the everyday activities like playing, camping, gathering bush foods and mission management that her family experienced. The Lachlan River, which flows next to the mission features strongly in her works and shows how important the river was to the people at the mission and how it was used. Her works show a happier side to mission life, which is often held in the memories of those who lived there and not often exposed to the greater public.