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We live in the meanings we are able to discern Theme: The Land

Artist: Bea MADDOCK
Birth/Death: 1934

Title: We live in the meanings we are able to discern

Credit Line: Gift of the ANZ group on the occasion of Australia's Bicentenary 1988. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

In this vast panorama, produced from sketches made during a journey to Antarctica, only a small campsite alludes to a human presence. Maddock is sensitive to indigenous connections with the land. A frieze of Aboriginal placenames reminds the viewer that there is an alternative history to that of European exploration.

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