Home Is Where The Heart Is brings together new works by eight artists who live and work in Far North Queensland: Fiona Elisala, Wanda Gibson, Daisy Hamlot, Walter R. Lui, Tania Major, Michael Marzik, Priscilla Ong and Francesca Rosa.
The exhibition invites viewers into the lives of each artist as they creatively interrogate concepts of ‘home’ and what it means to them in terms of family, heritage, personal identity, ideologies, and experiences of travel and migration.
For Walter R. Lui, a Darnley Island artist who spent much of his time on the island of Lifou in New Caledonia, memories of living in traditional huts with only limited access to technology, speaking French, and surrounded by the island way of life, are memories of his home that continue to inform his work.
Other artists, such as Priscilla Ong, have quite different memories of ‘home’. Through her works, Ong retraces her experience of being raised in Singapore, while also spending much of her time living in Berlin, Sydney and Alice Springs before settling in Cairns. She explains that for her, home is not a specific place, rather it is a feeling she gets in specific moments when doing certain things, like walking in different streets in different parts of the world where she feels at home.
Home is where the Heart Is offers a deeply personal journey and a fascinating insight into the lives of eight artists who live and work in our region.
Image:Walter R LUI, Cas 5 2019, digital drawing, ed. of 5, 38.5 x 61cm. Courtesy of the artist