Telling the stories : art making as a process of recovery, healing and celebration

Charles, C 2006, Telling the stories : art making as a process of recovery, healing and celebration, Masters by Research, Education, RMIT University.

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Title Telling the stories : art making as a process of recovery, healing and celebration
Author(s) Charles, C
Year 2006
Abstract I am a Latje Latje man born and raised in Mildura. I am a contemporary artist, a dancer and a father. I began dancing with the Latje Latje dance group when I was four. I come from river country. I spent the first six years of my life on the banks of the Murray River. The river runs right through my work.

During the course of my Masters, I have been spending time in the north of Victoria, in central Victoria and in South Gippsland by the sea in Boonerwrung country. I a man of the river, but since the birth of my son, I have been developing a relationship with the sea. My relationship to the sea changed when my son moved to the sea. My spiritual connection to the sea has grown the more time I have spent there and the more spiritual knowledge I have gained of my ancestral country of the Boonerwrung.

Within this research project, I explore the question: How can art-making generate a process of recovery, healing and celebration?

In my Masters I have developed two series of paintings, one from the river and one from the sea. The first group of paintings were shown in a nine-month solo exhibition, 'City Style - Country Youth' at Bunjilaka, the Aboriginal Section of the Melbourne Museum. The second group were shown at another solo exhibition called 'Mungo Stories' held at the Australia Dreaming Art gallery in Fitzroy, Melbourne.


My Master of Arts includes the following artefacts:

• An Exhibition of Paintings selected from the 63 artworks I have undertaken during the course of my Masters
• An Exegesis in which I tell the story of my paintings and my research and in which I give an overview of the paintings I have done during my research degree
• A Digital Story which combines didgeridoo music with a selection of my images
• Two Audio Tracks, 'Paintings Talk' and 'Grinding the Ochre'
• A Short Film in which I describe my experience as a contemporary Indigenous artist.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Education
Keyword(s) Aboriginal Australians
Aboriginal Australians in art
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