Sarah Brown: Travels Without Morrie

In 2010 Sarah Brown held a successful solo exhibition of local landscapes at the Araluen Arts Centre entitled ‘Travels with Morrie’. The title of that show was an affectionate nod to Sarah’s 1959 Morris Minor and its apparent limitations. ‘Morrie’ is an ageing vehicle with a top speed of forty miles per hour and was certainly not designed for the kinds of off-road terrain that precede many of the more beautiful natural landmarks in Central Australia and beyond.

However, as the CEO of Western Desert Dialysis, Sarah has had the opportunity to travel and spend time in country far beyond the sealed roads. In particular she has had the pleasure of spending time in the Western Desert of the NT and WA, in the heart land of the Western Desert art movement. For these trips Morrie was necessarily left behind.

This exhibition explores Sarah’s relationship with the most remote parts of Australia, a relationship which has been developing and changing over the past twenty years. It is a very different depiction to that of Western Desert artists, who are recording legend and sites of significance. Sarah’s works come from the Western traditions of an emphasis on form, light and colour. Travels without Morrie is intended as a homage to country and to those that call these places ‘Ngurra’ (home).

Exhibition Opening: Friday 11 July, 6.00pm
Exhibition runs until Sunday 17 August

Image: Ghost Gum, 2013, acrylic on linen, 120 x 120 cm
11 July17 August 2014
Araluen Arts Centre
Free entry into the Araluen Arts Centre galleries for NT residents. Costs apply for interstate visitors.