John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis.

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas

30 March 2019 to 02 June 2019

John Wolseley’s 2016 gift to Geelong Gallery of his ten metre long, six panel panoramic watercolour The pearl fisher’s voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay, 1985–89, is the catalyst for an immersive installation in which Wolseley and senior Yolngu artist and clan leader Mulkun Wirrpanda, extend their decade-long collaboration. Both artists share a profound sense of the beauty and fragility of the earth and its ecosystems, and in this project their works meditate especially on the mollusc as a powerful indicator of changing oceanic conditions and water systems. 

Wolseley’s work includes unique woodblock prints taken from swamp mangroves that bear the bored channels of ‘shipworms’, a widespread species of mollusc feared by 17th and 18th century naval explorers, including James Cook, for its capacity to consume a ship’s timber, rendering it dangerously unseaworthy.

Mulkun Wirrpanda’s lyrical bark paintings and larrikitj maintain knowledge about traditional foods sourced on land and in the waters, including 'shipworms'.


Slow Art Day
This event took place on Saturday 6 April.

Slow art tour
This event took place on Sunday 14 April.

Creative conversation: Art + Environment—John Wolseley and Alexandra de Blas
Wednesday 24 April at 6.00pm
Cost—Members $12.00 | Non-members $15.00

Geelong After Dark—heighten your senses and abandon what you know
Friday 3 May, from 6.00pm to 10.00pm