Destination North is an initiative of the Cairns Art Gallery that comprises an exhibition, an interactive artists’ studio space, and merchandise developed by the artists for exclusive sale through the Gallery Shop. For the exhibition this year, four local artists have been mentored to create new works on paper that celebrate and interrogate the natural environment of Far North Queensland. Through their new works on paper, each of the women artists tells a uniquely different story about connections to life forms and ecosystems in Far North Queensland.
Hannah Parker’s series of watercolours interprets ways in which plants and creatures of great beauty and energy exist in tropical north Queensland despite a threat of imminent extinction.
Julie McEnerny is fascinated by the colours of a flowering Jade Vine and other exotic plants in the region, all of which need the soaking rains of a tropical wet season to flourish.
Cathy Snow’s new works on paper feature flora and fauna as well as her mother’s stories, including one about an auntie who used broken freshwater mussel shells to incise body markings in her arm to represent the three rivers on their traditional country.
Melanie Hava’s works portray the Palmerston rainforest region which is home to the Ma:Mu people. For this exhibition she has removed people from her whimsical rainforest scenes. In so doing the forests become silent. Melanie believes that it is the sound of the Ma:Mu people living traditional lives in the forests that bring them to life.
Cathy SNOW Lotus 2020 Collection of the artist
Julie MCENERNY Birds of Paradise 2019 Collection of the artist
Melanie HAVA A Sign From The Ancestors 2020 Collection of the artist
Hannah PARKER Dugong 2020 Collection of the artist