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A colour painting on canvas featuring a shattered indigenous female. The painting consists of a series of triangle shapes with black spaces in between resembling shattered glass. The female is holding yellow flowers in her right hand and is against a red landscape with green trees in the background. A blue rock has been painted at the centre on the painting. The rock appears to have shattered the glass. On the bottom left corner is a signature "Lin Onus". On the reverse is handwritten in pencil "MI" and in black ink "DAA M.I / 22/5/89". The painting has a gold painted wooden frame.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.
The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.
W 1263mm x H 1060mm x D 30mm
Date of work
ATSIC branch office