When Brook Andrew talked about making a portrait of the Indigenous leader Marcia Langton, he envisaged it as a follow-up to an earlier image of boxer Anthony Mundine. In Langton’s own words, she is a descendant of “the fighting Yiman of Queensland”. Andrew, an artist of Scottish and Wiradjuri descent,
says that the black-and-white skulls signal the politics of humankind and the radiant, diamond sun alludes to the sitter’s work with Aboriginal communities and mining companies. But, he says, the symbols are deliberately open to interpretation. See this work, and the rest of the national collection, in Canberra.
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