Essay on Case Study : Lin Onus
Lin Onis (1948-1996) was an award winning indigenous artist from Melbourne Australia. He is of Scottish and Wiradjuri descent, which is the largest aboriginal group in New South Wales. Belonging on the paternal side to the Yorta Yorta people. His life’s work of paintings and sculptures has been praised for their technical competence and their bold association of indigenous and Western styles. Onus was an inspirational figure for his family, friends, colleagues and the wider Australian community. Onis’s usual procedure of working involved, sculptures, synthetic polymer paint on fibreglass, wire and metal installation containing five units. The two sculptures that appear to have carefully considered visual aesthetic in relation to the aboriginal culture were “Maralinga” and “Dingoes.” Both of these installation pieces are based upon the culture and history of indigenous Australians, one referring to native Australian animals and the other being the tragic nuclear bomb testing the British unleashed upon the poor local aboriginal tribe Maralinga Tjarutia.
Maralinga, installation/sculpture by Indigenous Australian artist Lin Onis was produced in 1990. In Onus’s sculpture the mother’s face, which protects the child in her arms from the invisible atomic cloud, is distorted by a grimace of horror and fear; the hair and clothes of the figures stream in the storm of the nuclear explosion; they stand alone and defenceless. The…