Lin Onis : A Renowned Indigenous Sculptor From Melbourne Australia

1974 Words Jul 28th, 2015 8 Pages
Lin Onus
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 to have carefully considered visual aesthetic in relation to the aboriginal culture were “Maralinga” and “Dingoes.” Both of these installation pieces are based upon the culture and history of indigenous Australians, one referring to native Australian animals and the other being the tragic nuclear bomb testing the British unleashed upon the poor local aboriginal tribe Maralinga Tjarutia.

Visual Analysis:
Maralinga, installation/sculpture by Indigenous Australian artist Lin Onis was produced in 1990. In Onus’s sculpture the mother’s face, which conserves the young child in her arms from the inconspicuous atomic veil, is crooked by a grimace of dismay and fear; the hair and clothes of the two figures stream in the storm of the nuclear…
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