Tallulah Lines is an artist native to Newcastle who has lived, worked, muralled and exhibited in the UK, Spain and Ecuador. She has taken part in group and solo exhibitions, most notably exhibiting in the home of renowned Ecuadorian artist Jaime Zapata in Quito, 2015. Her work is characterised by bright colours, bold lines, thick paint, skulls and bones, and repetitive patterns and symbols, and usually focusses on figurative representations of the human form. She is inspired both aesthetically and politically by Latin America, being particularly interested in themes of identity and representation in the colonial and post colonial context. Tallulah took a short course in etching in Spain, but otherwise is self-taught. In 2017 she will travel to Mexico to continue her work.
Woman with Aborigines
Tallulah´s contribution to this exhibition brings into focus the Aboriginal
woman depicted in the original painting. Tallulah chose to tell her story both
because of the overt visual message and the underlying political message of the
original painting, In the original painting, we can barely make out the images of
the Aboriginals pictured, since the figure of the white woman who accompanies
them is so dominant. This is representative of how we view Australia´s history
today, and is certainly reflective of the British approach to empire building in
the 1800s. The gruesome details of what British invaders did to the Aborigines
when they arrived in Australia to forcibly take their land is not widely
discussed, especially not in our school books, but it is a violent and bloody
history which includes murder, torture, rape, concentration camps, slavery,
genocide, child theft and more. In the 2000s there were false accusations of
paedophile rings which led to economics fuelled land grabs. Tallulah´s painting
attempts to highlight some of this violent past, as shown through some of the
symbolism, but also tries to bring colour to Aboriginal identity in its own right,
by using symbolism such as dingoes, yams and the use of repetitive dotted
lines. For a deeper look at the British approach to colonisation in Australia, try
the films Rabbit Proof Fence and documentaries by John Pilger, such as Utopia.
The First Australians Fight Back - The Secret Country by John Pilger, for
Find more information about Tallulah and her work at - https://tallulahlines.wordpress.com/
Aboriginal Woman (2016) is now apart of the Darlington Art Collection.