Being an Aboriginal art addict can mean that non-indigenous work does not always get a look in!!
However the moment I met “China Boy” a highly pixelated black and white photograph by nationally acclaimed photographer Michelle Aboud, I know that we were destined to be together.
“China Boy” is sixth in a limited edition series of six photos printed onto canvas. Measuring 1450 x1450mmm square (approx) he is a striking and fitting companion to the Aborignal works by Kudditji Kngwareyye, Minnie Pwerle, Dorothy Napangardi, Barney Campbell Tjakamarra and others, that adorn my walls.
However there is an ora of innocence and charm about this boy, achieved not just by capturing a single moment in time, but also by the pixelation process of bringing together thousands of different sized individual black dots to create a work of art. At close range, the photograph reminds me of one of Dorothy Napangardi’s paintings, yet when you squint slightly, it is a fully integrated black and white photo
of “China Boy”.
Having just read “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund de Waal, I would love to know more about this small child – where he is from, what is he looking at, what has captured his attention.