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Rod Moss: All My Fat Country

10 September 2021 to 27 November 2021



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Rod Moss: All My Fat Country, on the mezzanine level at FireWorks Gallery, comprises a series of large, magnificent graphite drawings on Waterford paper. The exhibition builds on the repertoire of the artist’s current and successful exhibition (with associated catalogue) of the same name at the Araluen Cultural Centre in Alice Springs. 

Not long after arriving in Alice Spring from Melbourne in the early 1980s, Rod (artist and author) became immersed in the friendships, stories and the culture of the local Arrente people of Central Australia. The 8 large graphite works, with dramatic clusters of rocks being exhibited in All My Fat Country demonstrate the artists astonishing capability to depict critically important sites of the Arrente peoples.  Regarding Creekbed Cliff , Rod comments, ‘This is one of several drawings made of features found along Irlpme Creek that occasionally feeds the Todd River. The creek bed is one of our family's choice camping spots. First sight from our swags of the morning sun inflaming the rocks is a premium experience.’ The cluster depicted in Out Of The Seed Flies a Shadow Looking For a Name. Call it Breath is located near the headwaters of the Todd River/ Lhere Mparntwe. Centuries of Sobs & Lamentations is another striking example of what the exhibition holds for the viewer.