Rory’s artwork is one to watch

Year 12 student, Rory Charles was recently selected to showcase two of his artworks at the ‘Revealed’ exhibition, held at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The exhibition features contemporary artwork from more than 100 new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists, including Rory’s which both sold early on opening night, establishing him as one of the young artists to watch.  

Rory is a young Wunambal Gaambera, Nyikina, Balanggara and Gooniyandi man from the Kimberley and through his artworks he reflects on the history and connection he has to the Wunambal Gaambera people, one of three tribes responsible for caretaking the ancient Wandjina rock art in the Kimberley.  

In the piece titled Saltwater Country Kalumburu, 2021, Rory depicts some of the many animals found in Wunambal Gaambera Country in the Kimberley.

“On first observation the air and aquatic animals appear different in form, but are connected within a continual motion; a rhythmic natural balance, which is how it is in my Country,” Rory explained. 

Saltwater Country Kalumburu, 2021

The second piece titled WW2 Bombing of Drysdale River Mission, Kalumburu, 2021 is based on a story about the Japanese bombings of the Drysdale River Mission in September 1943.

“This story was told by my great, great grandmother, who was a child at the time.  The scale of the bombers is emphasised across the landscape, you can see the caves in the ridge, just as my great, great grandmother described. The planes are swooping over the unsuspecting mission community. This story is about how it was seen from her point of view, and interpreted in her eyes,” described Rory.

WW2 Bombing of Drysdale River Mission, Kalumburu, 2021

The 'Revealed' exhibition is on at Fremantle Arts Centre until Sunday, 23 May. For more information about the exhibition, visit Revealed Exhibition 2021: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists - Fremantle Arts Centre