Nicholas Forrest discusses the work of Doreen Reid Nakamarra, one of the winners at the Telstra Art Awards as well as an artist that was selected to contribute a work to the 2008 Biennale of Sydney.

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For the Biennale, Doreen has painted an extremely beautiful work that, just as the Telstra Award winning work, depicting designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Marrapinti, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. What is unusual about this work is that it is being displayed horizontally on a sort of plinth in order to accentuate the 3d effects created by the patterns in this work. According to the Biennale website Her pictorial style is based on repeated gestures and lines that build up a three dimensional optical field suggestive of specific stories associated with her land, but possibly also of movement generally “ immaterial waves that move the world continuously

I never fail to be amazed by the work being produced by Australia’s indigenous artists whose work is not only visually spectacular but culturally, historically and artistically significant. I think that congratulations are in order for Doreen Reid Nakamarra for being chosen to part of the Biennale and for winning the Telstra Painting Award.