By Taylor Raftis
Case study: Lin Onus
Lin Onis (1948-1996) was a renowned indigenous sculptor from Melbourne Australia. He is of Scottish and Wiradjuri descent, which is one of the largest aboriginal groups in New South Wales. Belonging on the vigilant side to the Yorta Yorta people. His life’s work of paintings and sculptures has been praised for their technical competence and their bold association of indigenous and Western styles. Onus was an inspirational figure for his family, friends, colleagues and the wider Australian community. Onus’s usual procedure of working involved, synthetic polymer paint fibreglass, sculptures, wire and metal installation containing five or more units. The two sculptures that appear…show more content… The signs that are used as symbols for radioactivity, which conform to the mist, are displayed in the colours of blue, red and white, which are those of the British flag. They become the colours of death. Onus has obviously added more texture to the mother and child in order to emphasis the fact that they were practically burnt to death by the “black mist” and to contrast the practically invisible atomic bomb, showing the ultimate impact that it had on the nearby communities of tribal Aboriginals.
Dingoes produced 1946-47 comprised of five sculptural dingo figures; the installation symbolizes a scene of experiences and behavioural conduct of the Australian dingo. Beginning, with an obviously female dingo and her tiny pups, the installation finishes with a dingo caught in the wedge of a chain-link fence and another lying dead in a painful trap set out by the British settlers. The colours on the dingoes appear in lines each being a different shade of brown emphasising the traditional style of Aboriginal finger painting. The repetition of the dingo through its life cycle during the 1980’s creates a dominant perspective of how they lived and how they were treated, also symbolising the treatment Aboriginal people. The laying of the various traps authorises a mind-set that identifies the dingoes as pests, as they presented a problem for the British settlers farmland and livestock. Conveying that their