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Incorporating myth into Australian life

[ UniNews Vol. 13, No. 14  9 - 23 August 2004 ]

The powerful work of University of Melbourne Creative Arts PhD student Gary Willis is currently on show at the Baillieu Library as part of the University’s Art in the Library program.

The exhibition, ‘The Myth of Voss’ provides an insight into the way myth has been incorporated into Australian life.

Mr Willis began this series whilst exploring the disappearance of Ludwig Leichardt. In the midst of his study he found himself at Urapuntja, an Aboriginal site which had been desolated by its own inhabitants.

He had stumbled into the middle of the myth of ‘Sorry Business’, an Aboriginal ritual of mourning.

This experience inspired Mr Willis to paint the series ‘The Myth of Voss’, a story of ‘whitefella sorry business’.

The exhibition will run through to the end of August and is on display throughout the Baillieu Library.

Art in the Library is a community art program which allows students of the University the opportunity to exhibit their work in a space that offers maximum exposure.

With more than a million visitors to the library annually, exhibitors gain a varied and appreciative audience. The program also allows library visitors access to art they may not normally encounter in mainstream galleries.

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