Menagerie features 33 established and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, who have each produced outstanding sculptural works depicting a variety of animals. Menagerie includes fibre works by Yvonne Koolmatrie from South Australia; ceramics by Judith Inkamala from the Northern Territory; wood carving by Craig Koomeeta from Queensland; mixed media assemblages by Canberra-based Danie Mellor and Tasmanian artist Vicki West; work cast in bronze and aluminium by Dennis Nona from the Torres Strait Islands.
Menagerie includes major essays by Nicole Foreshew and Brian Parkes, plus 22 specialist writers and curators who have contributed revealing profiles on each artist.
Essential book on contemporary indigenous sculpture. All works in Menagerie purchased by the Australian Museum (Sydney) while exhibition tours nationally, including the National Museum of Australia.
“Animals not only nourish the physical and spiritual aspects of Indigenous lives but also have totemic importance. There is an importance beyond our simple relationship that we have on a day-to-day basis with animals. I love Menagerie … It has a wonderful liveliness that I think is going to appeal to all generations and to people of all backgrounds.” (Andrew Sayers opening Menagerie at the National Museum Australia)