Ruby and Hunter: Claudia Moodoonuthi
Redland Art Gallery, Nandeebie/Cleveland
July to August 2017
In Ruby and Hunter, Claudia Moodoonuthi shared stories from her ancestral land, Kaiadilt Country of Bentinck Island in Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria. Inspired by the special bond Moodoonuthi has with her two dogs, Ruby and Hunter, the exhibition celebrated the Kaiadilt People's significant and enduring relationship with dingoes. Brought to life through personal reflections on family, history and lived experience, Moodoonuthi honours the innate connection between people, place and Country.
Dingos have a history on Bentinck Island that extends over 4000 years. Moodoonuthi describes their existence as 'woven into the fabric of our Indigenous life, law and culture. They continue to serve as companion, protector - spiritually and physically - hunter, and a source of warmth. Suffice to say, Indigenous people and dingoes continue to stand side by side, sharing common ancestors and an identity that is inextricably tied to land and equally to each other.'
Ruby and Hunter united lineal and recent narratives that have shaped Moodoonuthi's knowledge and identity. Dingos on her homelands are represented through bold line work and joyous patterns in her characteristic vibrant colour palette. Within these works, she expresses the Island's unique topography and vitality. Inclusion of video provided further insight of Moodoonuthi's diverse history and imparts her lively personality.
Ruby and Hunter was curated by Freja Carmichael, in collaboration with Claudia Moodoonuthi and Alcaston Gallery, whom the artist is represented by.