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Susannah Nelson, also known as Susannah Nelson Nakamarra, is a senior Warramangu and Warlmanpa artist from Tennant Creek. She is one of the more prolific painters in recent years to emerge out of the visual arts centre/program through Barkly Regional Arts (BRA), often producing works - as with this small selection in NCCA's Gallery 1 - which interpret Biblical episodes such as the Ascension of Jesus or the worship of the Golden Calf and which are distinguished by great economy of form and colour vibrancy. Her Christian-themed work has a particular following in Melbourne circles according to Georges Bureau, visual arts manager at BRA. As devotional works, Susannah's paintings are also strongly anchored in a desert Aboriginal aesthetic, as with her symbolic depiction of people/spiritual beings.
This display of Susannah's work follows on from the exhibition of her Christmas Party painting in the Boxset in late Dec. 2016. It is part of NCCA's Saturdays in the Wet program which also features the work of Amina McConvell (Gallery 1), Daniel Coloe (Boxset), and Conor Byrne (Gallery 1). Saturdays in the Wet sees NCCA open each Saturday (9am-2pm) over January (to 28 Jan), 2017, before launching into our 2017 program proper with the nationally touring exhibition Justene Williams: The Curtain Breathed Deeply, 10 February to 26 March 2017.
Susannah Nelson, 'Jesus is going to heaven with people', 2014, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 60cm; image courtesy the artist and Barkly Regional Arts