Fire Plays Eyes to the Blind
In landscapes real and imagined, an artist reckons with the past of her island home.
Nostalgia, romance and loss are interwoven in Mia Boe’s haunting and evocative new works. Each offers up a landscape in which the artist herself shares space with figures from across history – the woman whose name erased that of her ancestral island K’gari, the famous painter who captured her likeness, and the spirits and family members she has known and will never meet.
Based in Brisbane with Butchulla and Burmese ancestry, Mia Boe is a painter whose work records and recovers histories that are often concealed or denied. Her art compassionately and patiently traces historical trauma and violence to uncover vital new perspectives through which to process Aboriginal Peoples suffering.
About the Artist
Design adaptation by Raft Studio
Photos by Anne Moffat
Fire Plays Eyes to the Blind has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image Credit: Mia Boe
Image Description: Sitting at the table on the burnt landscape of K’gari is Native Police Trooper and ancestor Wonamutta (Jack Noble), a spirit, Sidney Nolan, myself, and Eliza Fraser.