Gung | create, make, do, love

Included with museum entry
$0 – $15

Gung | create, make, do, love is a stunning new exhibition by Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos.

Kelly’s practice merges traditional Wemba Wemba and Wergaia possum skin cloak making with printmaking in powerful and visually stunning ways.

This exhibition includes a selection of works on paper as well as three-dimensional Victorian-era garments delicately constructed from fur-printed tissue paper; portraits of Kelly’s family and ancestors, symbolising cultural identity and protection.

With deep history and culture embedded in her artistic practice, Kelly’s signature technique is uka ngalung wooleh | to paint with possum.

Kelly’s work reclaims, rediscovers and celebrates the stories of her ancestors; their strength, resilience and determination, and the coming together of Wemba Wemba and Wergaia people. 

I started making possum cloaks in 1995 and at that time I considered the making of cloaks to be an act of living my sovereignty.  In this exhibition I celebrate Wergaia and Wemba Wemba knowledge, stories and photos.  The stories and knowledge represent my intellectual sovereignty as portrayed through my tribal lens.  Kelly Koumalatsos

In her artwork, Kelly reflects the beauty of her Wemba Wemba and Wergaia country, culture and family. It is a striking statement about the intersections of identity and history within the modern world. 

Many works are available for purchase.

Woman sitting on a stool in front of garments on dressmakers mannequin
Kelly in her studio with a selection of her Victorian-era garments, which are delicately constructed from tissue paper hand printed with possum fur.


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