Bolita pa Bolita

Melissa Aitken
Saturday, 11 February 2017 to Monday, 17 April 2017
George Lance Gallery
Ren Gregoric

In this, her first solo exhibition, Gilgar Gunditj artist Melissa Aitken presents paintings and drawings that respond to the shapes, lines and forms of four of the forty nine individual pelts that make up a possum-skin cloak created by her ancestors.

Meaning ‘two by two’ or ‘equalling four’, Bolita pa Bolita (Dhauwurd Wurrang language, Gunditjmara County) constitutes a metalanguage, one that describes Melissa’s own exploration and understanding of her tangible and intangible cultural heritage:

After finishing all of my artwork, I noticed that I had my designs upside down. I decided to leave my works as they were. But when it was time to hang them up I just left them upside down and sideways. So they look more interesting when re-arranged.

Melissa is continuing to develop the Bolita pa Bolita series, with the intention of transferring select imagery into tapestries:

I want to challenge myself by transferring these images into tapestries. It will provide another perspective on the work.

Melissa Aitken

Melissa Aitken is a Gilgar Gunditj artist who has been practicing since 1999. Melissa holds a number of visual arts qualifications, including a Diploma of Visual Arts and a Diploma of Textiles from South West TAFE. Melissa has exhibited in a number of group shows, including at Prismatic (2016), Wominjeka Festival (2014) and Scope Gallery (2011). She also collaborates with her mother, Sandra Aitken, to design and deliver Gilgar Gunditj weaving workshops

Peter Lucas Memorial Art Prize

The Peter Lucas Prize is an annual award sponsored by the Warrnambool Art Gallery. The award provides a student of the South West TAFE Diploma of Arts, Craft and Design with mentoring and exhibition space. Now in its seventeenth year, the prize aims celebrate the life of Peter Lucas, a great teacher, artist and friend whose influence and inspiration lives on in the works and lives of many individuals within the Warrnambool art community. With the spirit of Peter in mind, this prize encourages emerging artist to follow their ambitions by providing them with a platform to launch a career in the arts.