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Virtual Tour Commission



Nalda Searles is a living icon of Western Australian art. For nearly thirty years she has been an innovator in the use of native fibres and found objects from the environment for the production of fibre-textiles, sculpture and installation artworks.


Her practice draws from the unique landscape of the West of Australia to express the contradictions of post-colonial identity and the complexities of her relationship with the land and its inhabitants, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.


Nalda Searles - Drifting in My Own Land showcases new works created by Searles in an intensive period of creativity undertaken since making the decision to return full-time to her solo art practice in 2006. Drawing on her own life, memories of her parents and the experience of a number of regionally-based women she has known and researched, the exhibition is a powerful expression of identity in relation to landscape.

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