Nina Machielse Hunt Portrait 2


by Dr Jacqui Durrant, May 2016


Bushranger is Nina Machielse Hunt’s first major artistic response to the landscape of North East Victoria’s Woolshed Valley. This rugged landscape, made legendary by the exploits of the Kelly Gang (gang member Joe Byrne murdered police informer Aaron Sherritt a virtual stone’s throw from Machielse Hunt’s studio), wears layers of human occupation, from indigenous occupants who were dispossessed by squatters, to gold-miners, Chinese market gardeners and selectors. Although Machielse Hunt’s landscapes are devoid of humans, her paintings create a sense of immersion within the landscape which calls upon us as viewers to occupy her images figuratively, compelling us to retrace the steps of those who have gone before. These paintings make bushrangers of us all…



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