Amanda Stuart’s Wild Things

Posted: July 9, 2013 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, magic
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Amanda Stuart Mongrel Country detailMongrel Country (installation detail ) by Amanda Stuart 2013
Araluen in the foreground, Dash to the left with his ears streaming & Juno bringing up the rear
from Lines of Desire at the Brenda May Gallery
photos courtesy of Richard Whitfield
watching the mongrel pack moving through the room feeling their wildness
Mongrel Country with the girlfriends“Amanda Stuart’s art practice explores the crackling tensions that arise when natural and cultural heritages collide. It strives to create a visual language to convey the complexities that characterize human relationships within the Australian natural environment, with particular focus on interactions with outsider species.”
quote from the Wild Things documentary
The Artist & Her Work
Dingo Dreaming
video interview with the artist at work
Ravenari’s essay about the dingo as totem
the Dingo Sanctuary
Dingoes are beautiful shy wild animals. I have met them twice out in the bush, the first encounter was near a camp at Smiths Lake and the dingo although wild was just looking for a handout but the second time was after a big bushfire on Myall Lakes… three dingoes were hunting, very thin and looking hungry, we were rigging up our windsurfers when we noticed that we were stealthily being surrounded & were quite happy to have the rowboat to hop into, they followed us along the edge of the shore. It was an honour to almost be their food, I love them soul deep. Amanda’s work makes me feel so much on so many levels as an outsider, as a gardener, as an artist and most desperately how we need to look after all the wild things…

  1. Robyn says:

    A powerful sculpture…. I can feel that need to protect our wild things. Thanks so much for sharing Mo.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi Robyn the way Amanda’s work moves through has helped to change how I perceive the world & thinking a bit more about the nature of her raw materials… the torn strips of old blankets and farmer’s pyjamas, seeing the old button in the wrappings on Dash’s tail, the bones of sheep and wild dogs sticking out of the emaciated rib cage, the barbed wire wrapped on the hips of the armature… these materials resonate with the harsher aspects of life on the land. The bronze dog is a cold hard ghost of the hot magic intrinsic in the artist’s use of found materials.

  2. margaret johnson says:

    Hello Mo, am in love with Amanda’s sculptures! I’m ashamed to say I had no idea of this Artists work. Really loved the interview on vimeo, what a beautiful soul. Have to go out now, but will be checking out the rest of the details you have suggested. Thanks Mo, oxox

  3. Bronwyn says:

    Hi Mo,
    I saw an incredible dingo on the beach at Hawkes Nest. I was with Inge who said ‘look at that really scary dog’, it was a yellow alpha male on his morning boundary patrol, Part of his territory must have taken in the top part of that more deserted end of the beach. He loped along intent on his task and oblivious to the human beach goers. Apparently this behavior is passed on through the generations, the dingos don’t attack humans or kill livestock unless the social order is wrecked, which happens when the lead dog is killed. Anyway, it was an awe inspiring moment to see an animal, head of the pack, peak of life, wild and so in his ‘dingoness’.

    The other dingo story is of the time I was at a friends house who lives on the edge of the Nattai Valley – the Southern end of the Blue Mountains National Park, an area closed to humans and a very wild place. Apparently there was a cull of dingos for some reason hundreds of miles away to the North of where we were. All that night the howls of the dingo packs echoed up and down the valley, call and response, call and response. The chain must have reached all the way to the site of the slaughter. It was heartbreaking and chilling at the same time.

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