Family Matters (2018)
LOCATION Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre, Hill Street, Forbes NSW
Miyagan Bala Yambuwan ~ Family is Everything
'Representing the bond of family, the passing on of knowledge and the link between generations and the ties to country; it pares down humanity to its very essence, the grass roots of existence.'
Located on the shoreline of Lake Forbes, this striking bronze sculpture helps to tell the story of Wiradjuri culture. It depicts two Indigenous women with child returning from gathering food. This piece was developed in close consultation with the local Wiradjuri community.
The Forbes Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre (WDC), a yarning circle and sand dance ring are located nearby. Created and managed by the Forbes Wiradjuri Community, the WDC is a unique hub for educating the community, promoting Wiradjuri culture and stories, and regularly hosts cultural events, meetings and workshops conducted largely by enthusiastic and dedicated local volunteers.
The Wiradjuri are the largest Aboriginal group in New South Wales. They occupy a large area in Central New South Wales, from the Blue Mountains in the east, to Hay in the west, north to Nyngan and south to Albury: the South Western slopes region.
About the Sculptor
Brett Garling (Dubbo, NSW)
Brett Garling is widely known as ‘Mon’ to friends and collectors alike. ‘Mon’ is short for ‘Monster’ – a nickname gained at the age of five, due to his fascination for anatomy and collecting of bones and animal specimens. Born in Pambula, Mon’s work is influenced by his childhood in rural towns, such as, Lightning Ridge, Narrabri and Dubbo where his love of the bush and its characters were nurtured. Mon strives to find the presence and character in his subjects, breathing life into his work, transforming clay and paint into a vital living form.
Mon has had over forty group and solo exhibitions and is an exhibiting member of the Sculptors Society and The Australian Plein-Air Artists Group. As a multi award-winning artist and sculptor, Mon’s work is held in both private and corporate collections worldwide.
A fascination for the technical aspects of casting his sculptures in bronze led Mon to establish his own foundry in conjunction with his art gallery, Garling Gallery in 2004. This allowed him to have a permanent collection of both his paintings and sculpture on display.