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Artist Name:
Vanessa Turton
Joy in the Dance, Sorrow in the Heart
About the artwork:

Their lives were never to be the same. An arrival of strangers and a new colony governed by harsh military rule. Populated by convicts and young convict women destined for Newcastle’s Female Factory. It was a dark time. I like to imagine the gaoled girls escaping and joining the Awabakal and Worimi girls by the beach, dancing joyfully in the manner of Matisse’s’ Joy of Life.

(Please note, some image proportions do not match the preview display. Click the image to see the full photograph.)

90.5 x 89 cm


Acrylic on canvas

About the artist:

I have lived in both Nords Wharf, Lake Macquarie and Mayfield. I currently reside in Mayfield.

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