• This body of work investigates personal narratives as well as historic truths about Rottnest Island or Wadjemup, as it is known by the Noongar people of the southwest region of Western Australia. Wadjemup means, "place across the water where the spirits of the dead go".

    Noongar connection with boodja (country) encompasses all of the spiritual beings associated with the land. Rottnest is the place that my recently deceased sister requested her ashes be scattered. Like myself, and most Western Australian’s she saw this idyllic holiday destination as ‘our’ little piece of utopian paradise. Her passing prompted me to learn more about the island’s dark past – shamefully I knew little.  

    Jane Tangney, 2016

     

    (right) Turning a Blind Eye, 2016.
    mixed media collage, 56.5 x 43 cm

     

     

     

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  • Salt Lakes - Wadjemup (Rottnest), 2016, oil and wax on board, 43 x 42 cm

  • Pink Lake - Wadjemup (Rottnest),2016, oil and wax on board, 43 x 42 cm

  • Pinky's Beach II, 2016, oil and wax on canvas, 140 x 110 cm *AVAILABLE

  • Bathurst Cave - Wadjemup (Rottnest), 2016, mixed media collage, 40 x 43 cm

  • Clipped Wings - Wadjemup (Rottnest), 2016, mixed media collage, 38 x 45 cm

  • Strange Fruit, Wadjemup (Rottnest), 2016, mixed media collage, 42 x 34 cm

  • (left) Wardong (right) Four Feet Below, 2016, mixed media collages

  • Strickland Bay II - Wadjemup (Rottnest), 2016, oil and wax on board, 95 x 90.5 cm

  • Spirit Island II - Wadjemup (Rottnest), 2016, oil and wax on linen, 30 x 41 cm

  • Mount Herschel - Wadjemup, 2016, oil and wax on board, 95 x 90.5 cm

  • Little Salmon Bay - Wadjemup (Rottnest),2016, oil on paper, 42 x 52.5 cm

  • Introduced Flora - Wadjemup (Rottnest), 2016, oil and wax on linen, 41 x 31 cm

  • Moreton Bay Fig + Settlement (diptych), 2016, oil and wax on linen, 25.5 x 20 cm each

Wadjemup

This body of work investigates personal narratives as well as historic truths about Rottnest Island or Wadjemup, as it is known by the Noongar people of the southwest region of Western Australia. Wadjemup means, "place across the water where the spirits of the dead go".

Noongar connection with boodja (country) encompasses all of the spiritual beings associated with the land. Rottnest is the place that my recently deceased sister requested her ashes be scattered. Like myself, and most Western Australian’s she saw this idyllic holiday destination as ‘our’ little piece of utopian paradise. Her passing prompted me to learn more about the island’s dark past – shamefully I knew little.  

Jane Tangney, 2016

 

(right) Turning a Blind Eye, 2016.
mixed media collage, 56.5 x 43 cm

 

 

 

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