Omar Musa – Precious Thing Vanishing Thing

Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong Street Fyshwick ACT
Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm
Until 22 August 2021
Opening drinks and performance Saturday 7 August at 2pm

As we might expect from performance poet Omar Musa, this exhibition of woodcut prints is strongly political in its theme – his subjects and landscapes come from his dual heritage of Malaysia and Australia, for the most part depicting loss.

Barbie spoke to Omar Musa at Humble House about the exhibition. The interview includes strong language.

There are references to environmental degradation, loss of habitat and hence species through pollution, corporate greed, climate change inaction and other unworthy human behaviours.

Having said this, the works are themselves works of beauty, ironically made using MDF for the printing blocks. Text plays an important role in these images, complementing and augmenting the visual. Always there is the timbre of Omar Musa’s poetry in the words, no matter how few.

The challenge of working in this medium also becomes subject matter and allusion for the works – the acceptance of making and embracing or hiding mistakes is part of the print making modus operandi, working always in reverse from cut to print.

This is a deeply personal exhibition despite its global references. In it, we glimpse the artist’s family influences and his own embrace of the quiet rhythm of the print creation practice.

All work is for sale.

Information: https://www.humblehouse.com.au, or phone 02 6228 1988