An emerging artist makes a luminous debut in the State Collection.
This striking neon sculpture from Badimia and Yued woman Amanda Bell is the emerging artist’s first acquisition into the State Art Collection. Titled From our lip, mouths, throat and belly, the bright pink work takes the form of the Noongar word “Moorditj”, which means good or awesome in English.
A sound work accompanying the sculpture plays the voices of Aunty Gloria Hill and Aunty Lola Garlett sharing their stories. The work reflects on the weight of words, and the power of language in connecting with one’s cultural and familial heritage.
From our lip, mouths, throats and belly premiered at Fremantle Arts Centre’s (FAC) 2021 Revealed Exhibition, an annual showcase of Western Australia’s emerging Aboriginal artists. The work was created with support from a Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries grant.
“Words are ancient. They are a very powerful way to connect to and honour our past, and the work is a reflection of this.” — Amanda Bell
A Badimia and Yued woman, born on Whadjuk Country, Amanda Bell lives and works on Wadandi land by the sea. She has a diverse creative repertoire, working with sculptural materials, video, sound, textiles, found objects, and most recently neon lighting. Her works are ambitious and experimental, and with them she aims to “… try new ways of telling stories that are sometimes uncomfortable and painful, sometimes fun and frivolous.”
She has been featured in various exhibitions, including Fremantle Arts Centre’s Revealed Exhibition and Bunbury Regional Art Centre’s Noongar Country, and her work is held in various state and private collections.