Migration story told in art

Artist Deb Mostert connects her family's story to migrations in the natural world

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Facing the Future - Bartailed Godwits, oil on canvas, Deb Mostert 2018

Facing the Future - Bartailed Godwits, oil on canvas, Deb Mostert 2018

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Migration Museum, Adelaide features new exhibition of works in oils and watercolours.

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A NEW free exhibition at the Migration Museum explores the story of migration using artworks in oils and watercolour.

Australien Future - Tales of Migration is the result of two years' work by Queensland-based artist Deb Mostert who connects her family's migration story with the migrations of the natural world, drawing a parallel between human geographical instability and the fragile lives of migratory birds.

The 'tales', illustrated in oil and watercolour, reach back into the artist's family tree, and will resonate with many Australians whose families have come across the seas.

The paintings in oils look back, taking as their starting point family photos of the migration journey, and comment on the present; the question of the health of migratory bird populations as habitat diminishes and the globe warms, and wider political questions of the treatment of the millions of displaced people around the globe.

The delicate watercolours conjure Dutch life through objects, in memory in the Netherlands, or here in a new life in Australia.

The Migration Museum is open daily 10am - 5pm: 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide. The exhibition runs until July 28.

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