Roslyn Sullivan creates magic for backdrops

Roslyn Sullivan is a Wongi woman, born in Kalgoorlie and now living in the outback town of Laverton in Western Australia. She watched her father paint when she was a child and has been drawing and painting ever since. Roslyn is the Art Supervisor for GETS in Laverton. Roslyn has exhibited her art all over the WA Goldfields and in Perth and has had some work exhibited at the Perth State Library in the 1990s. She has been working with textiles, experimenting with dying and different materials.

Every day in the August residential camps she soaked fabrics in colour – using turmeric, gum leaves, wattle flowers, and eventually onionskins, powdered turmeric and curry powder! As she read about the mussel shapes at Narren Lakes, meeting children and supervisors from the 17 communities the Moorambilla children are from, her artwork took shape. The dyed fabric was then painted with charcoal mixed with acrylic paint, with shapes that reflect communities and centres where people gather, with lines that move like dancers in space – connecting, rotating and moving with elegance and fluidity. The overall effect is spell binding.

“The energy that Roslyn has captured, and the sense of joy and movement really was Moorambilla magic,” says Artistic Director Michelle Leonard. “Personally, it was wonderful to see the change of direction her painting took once she saw the MAXed OUT Company dance – like clouds over the Gundabooka landscape. The vibrant yellow and ochres were layered into the fabric over multiple dying.”

We can’t thank the generosity of the Laverton/Leonora cross-cultural association (LLCA) and Anglo Gold Ashanti for their generous support of her trip across the country to make this happen. Moorambilla Voices looks forward to the start of an incredibly fruitful artistic collaboration between our region’s artists.

Photography: Noni Carroll (noto)

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