Canberra-based emerging artist Haeli Van Veen works across drawing, photography and mixed media. ‘Hide’ is influenced by the protective rites and traditions of various Indigenous cultures such as the Inuit and Berber and explores the cultural significance of animals in legend and their relationship to ethnographic tattoo.
The exhibition shows photographs of a tattooed baby, large-scale ink drawings of ‘totem’ animals and sculptures made from sticks, leather, fur and bone – reminiscent of Native American baby carriers or an otherworldly animal or nest.
Van Veen’s works are disconcerting yet benign, and emphasise the need to understand cultural differences.
4 to 15 December, 2013
Rites 7, 2013, digital print, 59.4 x 84.1cm
Courtesy the artist
Photography: Stella Rae Zelnik