Paula do Prado: Re-Connections and Offerings
Do Prado has drawn inspiration from her personal connection with the site through the jacaranda or ‘yacaranda’ trees that continue to bloom in front of Meroogal today.
The tree, native to do Prado’s South American homeland, is a powerful visual metaphor to encourage audiences to look above (towards the spectacular purple canopy) and below the surface (to the vigorous root system) in an effort to expose hidden and underrepresented narratives.
Audiences are invited to slow down, participate in the act of making and connect with nature, using a mixture of thread, shredded cloth and natural materials found on site.
The intergenerational self-guided making activity was developed out of a shared passion, to engage audiences through creativity and bring forgotten or otherwise hidden narratives to life. As the focal point, the jacaranda trees encourage an ongoing reflection on what is above (what is visible, what we think we know) and what is below (what is hidden, what has been forgotten or silenced) and how we can come to be in right-relationship with each other, those who came before us and the land we live on.
Paula do Prado
The activity is free with general entry and will be on offer every Saturday throughout the exhibition period, 26 September 2020 – April 2021.
Paula do Prado is a visual artist living and working on Gadigal land. She was born on Charrúa land (Montevideo), Uruguay, and migrated to Australia in 1986. Her practice explores the intersections between her Bantu, Spanish, Portuguese and Indigenous South American ancestral heritage. She works predominantly with textiles to process and transform intergenerational experiences. As a woman of colour and a migrant living on stolen land, she is passionate about making as an active form of resistance. Do Prado holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Textiles) with First Class Honours and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales Art & Design. She has held various solo and group shows in Australia and overseas.
Free with general admission
Members enjoy a 20% discount
To manage capacity within the house, visitors are required to pre-book timed session tickets.
The dream tree: Jacaranda, Sydney icon
Every November, jacarandas rain a shower of purple on Sydney’s streets. This gorgeous flowering tree has such a firm hold on the city and its imagination that few of us could imagine it any other way. But the Brazilian native was once considered as rare as it was beautiful.