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Sunday Territorian 17 Sep 2017



Sunday Territorian 17 Sep 2017


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24 FRONTIER ARTS & BOOKS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Art beat HEALING THE COUNTRY Award-winning artist and traditional healer Betty Muffler wants to use her work and paintings to help heal the ills of the land Betty Muffler won the Telstra Emerging Artist Award at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards T RADITIONAL healer Betty Muffler wants to use art to nurse the earth back to health. We need to heal this country my paintings show many of the good places in my country, Muffler said. We need to heal this country, and give more respect to the land. In the 34th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Muffler won the Telstra Emerging Artist Award for her piece Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country). The awards, hosted at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, aim to recognise the contribution made by indigenous artists from regional and urban areas throughout Australia. My painting shows many of the good places in my country, Muffler said. This is my country, this is ngangkari (traditional healer) country its healing, its good. Mufflers paintings are layered, complicated; with her winning entry made up of many layers of synthetic polymer paint on linen. Muffler was born in 1944 in a remote bush area near the border of South and Western Australia. Her parents both died in the Maralinga bombing, a series of nuclear bomb tests in the mid-1950s in remote SA. Im a strong kungka (woman) I survived the bombings at Maralinga, but many of my family didnt, Muffler said. There was no school for me I used to do washing dishes and cleaning. Before his death, Mufflers father also a healer taught her some of the skills that she still uses today in her healing practices. In her 20s, Muffler lived with family at the Granite Downs Station where she learned the skills of traditional healing. Muffler has worked as a traditional healer in hospitals in Adelaide, Coober Pedy, Whyalla and Alice Springs and in the first clinics across the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Ive travelled all over the place, everywhere on the APY Lands, Muffler said. I was a good ngangkari (traditional healer), and (the community) would come get me in case sick people needed me at the clinic. Before the clinic was there, the nuns used to help sick people in the bush; they would send them people away to hospital if they were sick. But ngangkari (traditional healers) can see right through people to what sickness is inside. Then they can heal them straight away. As well as being a traditional healer, Muffler worked at the first preschool in Indulkana with the communitys youngest residents. Muffler still works on APY Lands, where she is an artist based out of Iwantja Art Centre. The art centre is a not for profit, Aboriginalowned and run corporation about five hours south of Alice Springs. Her paintings reflect the land and journeys she has travelled throughout the years. In their comments, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards judges praised Mufflers maturity. Ngangkari Ngura is comprised of complex interconnected forms that unfurl to reveal linear representations of country, judges said. This painting reflects her intimate relationship to place, inspired by her many travels across the landscape as a ngangkari (traditional healer). For an emerging artist, there is a surprising maturity in the controlled rhythm and pictorial dynamism which has been achieved. The 2017 judges were independent curator Emily McDaniel, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art director Chris Saines and artist Regina Wilson. Mufflers work will be on display at The Museum and Art Gallery of the NT until November 26. BOOKED IN REVIEWS SAMELA HARRIS, DEBORAH BOGLE, TORY SHEPHERD NON FICTION Everybody Lies Seth StephensDavidowitz Bloomsbury $24.99 A former Google data scientist has turned Google sleuth to write this utterly engrossing expose into just who we are now that we have a tool with whom we can talk in secret. Were a pretty unseemly crowd in many ways and Google is asked the most intimate, absurd, sad and sometimes terrifying questions. Collated as big data, we find a world of gender prejudice and anxiety. Stephens-Davidowitz compares pregnant womens concerns in different cultures. Fascinating. Extensive research embraces night light reflecting GDP, sexual mores, hate, prejudice and betting statistics. These are among the wealth of issues, even, in the last chapter, how many people never read last chapters. This is a modern mustread. Entertaining and revelatory. One critic called it Freakonomics on steroids. RATING: hhhhh FICTION Tin Man Sarah Winman Tinder Press, $29.99 Won in a pub raffle, a reproduction of van Goghs Sunflowers provides solace for Dora in her loveless marriage. Her other joy is her boy, Ellis, sensitive, artistic, always with a sketchpad in hand. When he meets Michael, sent to live with his grandmother, they become inseparable. Dora teaches them that boys need not grow into sullen brutes inured to beauty. When she dies, Elliss father thwarts his artistic ambition and son follows father into the car factory. Told through flashbacks, an older Ellis, numb with grief and working the night shift, comes to terms with catastrophic loss, remembering his intimacy with Michael and what happens when his love Annie enters their lives. Winman is a wonderful writer, and this is an utterly beautiful, tender book about love and friendship, and what matters. RATING: hhhhh AUTOBIOGRAPHY ONE HALAL OF A STORY Sam Dastyari MUP $29.99 If book publishing is all in the timing, then Labor Senator Sam Dasher Dastyari buggered this up. One Halal Of A Story (inspired by his love for the halal snack pack, a meaty, cheesy monstrosity) has been broadly seen as part of the ebullient Senators comeback attempt. (Dastyari got himself in some Chinese-flavoured trouble a while ago, sending him to time-out on the backbench. So now hes getting on the front foot.) If you take the timing out of it, it is quite a yarn. He was the kid of Iranian refugees who went from being pretty crap at school to one of the youngest powerbrokers in Labors history. Its a rollicking ride of anecdotes about his life. RATING: hhhk PROUDLY SPONSORED BY 1/30 SMITH STREET M LAUREN ROBERTS Arts

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