Elaine and Jim
The arms of the people
Howard has used war and the military as a subject for his art since 1970. He has travelled to military establishments all over the world studying weapons and associated technology. The artist has a fascination with war and through his art he expresses his concern about the menace of war
Ian Howard The arms of the people 1990, bronze, unique cast, National Gallery of Australia
In Aboriginal culture, music sticks have long been used to accompany songs and dances during ceremonies. Today music sticks are among the cultural items produced by communities for sale to the growing tourism trade and art market.
Mary Oliver Music sticks 1997, wood and acrylic paint, National Gallery of Australia
The space inside my fist
Neil Roberts' bronze sculpture explores the space inside a tightly clenched fist and what remains when the fist is uncurled — is it simply air or a memory of the gesture?
Neil Roberts The space inside my fist 1995, bronze, National Gallery of Australia
Stockman and horse
David Wallace has been making bush toys for the children of his community since he was a teenager. Like many bush toys, Wallace's items are made from salvaged materials and, generally, whatever is available at the time. The stockmen on horseback are made from recycled copper wires wound tightly together, and the figures have been dressed using a range of found and salvaged items.
David Wallace Stockman and horse 1997, recycled materials including wire, fabric, plastic, buttons, National Gallery of Australia