Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories

‘Ancestral Memories’ presents the first major retrospective of Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba/Mutti Mutti/Boonwurrung woman and artist Maree Clarke.

Spanning over three decades, Clarke’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery, video and glasswork, among other artistic measures, which she uses to tell stories of Aboriginal culture that have been lost – or were lying dormant – as a consequence of colonisation. Exhibition highlights include Clarke’s dramatic glass eel traps, Ancestral Memory I & II (2019), and a large-scale, 60-pelt possum-skin cloak, especially commissioned for this exhibition.

Maree Clarke, Possum-skin cloak, installation view of ‘Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories’ at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne. Photograph: Tom Ross. Courtesy the artist and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia & Online
25 June to 3 October 2021