A series of artworks have been established at the Mount Isa Hospital as part of the recent hospital extension and refurbishment.
Some very talented local and other artists were selected to prepare the artworks. Below is a little preview of the works and a few notes for how they came about.
Paintings by Kellie Milne; ‘Journey Dreaming’ and ‘Dreaming Bright Future’. These vibrant acrylic paintings depict positive messages indicating one’s ‘journey towards a brighter future’. Milne is a contemporary Indigenous painter who has layered each painting with symbolic meaning and these are transcribed through the attribution plaques.
Painting by Sonja Clark ‘Sowila’; ‘Lake Moondarra’. The painting depicts the Lake Moondarra and surrounding mountains. The lake is an integral part of Mt Isa’s being. The lake provides a water source and both a recreational area and place for inspiration. The painting depicrts the vibrant colours and the rich mineral deposits found in the surrounding mountains.
Painting by Shane Gehlert; ‘Reflections of the Isa’. This Triptych work is centred around Shane’s iconic characters of ‘St Bilby’ the patron saint of global warming and the ‘Cybernetic Kangaroo’ or ‘Roboroo’. The three panels represent the change in seasons, from drought to plenty, the effect of mining on the landscape and the frailty of our unique native marsupials.
Northern Façade Artwork; Leichhardt River. Inspiration for this artwork is drawn from the journey of the Leichhardt River as seen from above, the sinuous flowing shapes evoke the sensation of movement and energy, the life source for the region, essential to a healthy lifestyle and industry.
Painting by Paula Paul (original); Jiljaa – Big Oysters. Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul is a Kaiadilt woman from Bentinck Island, Queensland. Paula Paul’s painting describes the flat reef in and around her country. Her skilfully executed artworks hold an unbridled energy, through her expert use of colour and composition.
Ambulance Screen Artwork; Tharrapatha. The Leichhardt River forms the basis for this artwork creating continuity and rhythm, exploiting the dynamic energy inherent in the flowing design. The river design is over laid with leaf and seed shapes containing representations of Indigenous medical plants. Hand carved stone ‘seeds’ containing designs by local artists – Alf Ah Kit and Sherre Blcakley – and bush medicine plants collected by Leanne Parker are scattered across the length within the translucent digi-glass leaves. A continuous line of text explores links to the Kalkadoon people through the use of Indigenous and English words relating to health, welcome, wellness and bush medicine as a positive way to look at the importance of health and lifestyle.