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Alice Springs through art

By Seymour Telegraph

Michelton Gallery of Aboriginal Art’s current exhibition is one not to miss.

One of Australia’s great artists of our time, Rod Moss, is showcasing his repertoire of work spanning from the mid-1980s to now.

‘‘This exhibition showcases family interactions from the traditional owners of Alice Springs,’’ he said.

‘‘There are some of my drawings in graphite on display and there’s also mixed media with acrylic and graphite.

All my work is done on paper and mounted on canvas.

‘‘Some people say they can see some hints of traditional Aboriginal art styles throughout my work, though that is not a concious styling of mine.’’

Complimenting the exhibition is the release of Mr Moss’s latest book Crossing the Great Divide.

This is the fourth piece of literature from Mr Moss.

He launched his memoir at the exhibition’s opening on April 6.

‘‘The book is about growing up in the Dandenong Ranges and I talk about how I became interested in indigenous lives and when I began travelling,’’ he said.

Mr Moss’s travels and the people he has met along the way have given him an insight into the challenges facing Australia’s First People.

‘‘I would say things have gone backwards since Government intervention,’’ Mr Moss said.

‘‘The housing conditions all across central Australia are appalling.

‘‘But people still retain their hope and keep their candle burning.

‘‘People coming into the exhibition will be confronted with the realism of the conditions.

‘‘My work doesn’t lie— the faces and expressions of the people tell the real story— none of it is abstract in any way.’’

The exhibition closes on May 6 and all four of Mr Moss’s books are for sale.

This is certainly an exhibition you do not want to miss.

‘‘I think this is the best my work has ever looked,’’ he said.