My Favourite Animal at Menagerie

red, white and blue kangaroo sculptures

Red, White and Blue

Danie Mellor, Red, White and Blue, 2008, dimensions variable, tallest 105 cm, mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Caruana and Reid Fine Art. Image © Australian Museum.

There is no way that you can go to Menagerie at the Australian Museum without falling in love.

The animals in the Menagerie show are truly exquisite! Beautifully conceptualised and beautifully constructed. They are the inspired product of a generation of indigenous artists stepping into the world of contemporary art.

Our office favourite is without a doubt Hella by Vicky West. Hella is a Tasmanian devil and he's simply delightful. Made of kelp and stitched together at the edges he's a perfect picture of the stocky, determined little mammal he is. You can't help but love him!

In second place comes the carved Camp dog by Craig Koomeeta. He's got something of a 'Mambo' feel about him; part ragamuffin and outsider, part dingo, part faithful friend.

However, coming across Frewa Bardaluna's Stingrays, group of seven, our list begins to waver. Bardaluna's pandanus-woven stingrays float; suspended, as if in water. The light from above filters through their woven forms and casts patterns on the surface below. Reminiscent of eddies and tides and little swirls of water in mud, the reflections form an intrinsic part of the piece. Truly delightful!

 

Our office favourite is without a doubt Hella by Vicky West. Hella is a Tasmanian devil and he's simply delightful. Made of kelp and stitched together at the edges he's a perfect picture of the stocky, determined little mammal he is. You can't help but love him!

We've also had votes in the office for the chilled-out Marlu (Kangaroo pair) by Jonny Young and the wide-legged Ngirntaka Ngunytju Palunyalu and Tjitji (Mother goanna with a baby on its back) by Jean Burke.

So you see everyone has a favourite (or two) in this show. Get along and let us know which one you have fallen in love with!

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