A documentary about the sacrifice of Inca children in 500AD has inspired Goulburn artist Judith Bradhurst to exhibit at Gallery on Track to commemorate the lives lost.
Her exhibition, ‘On the way…’, explores the duality of death and the transcendent nature of sacrifice.
Responding to the burial of Inca children, Bradhurst found herself thinking about their deaths, and even leaving flowers for them.
“I think it’s just me,” she said. “It struck a big chord with me, so I’m putting it out there for the children.”
Experiencing extreme empathy, she began by making small weaves for them. After immense research, she was reinforced by the idea that we have a connection with the South American people.
Her collection of art is a combination of paintings, weaves, a burial quilt and intricate 3D interpretations of Inca sacrifice and scenarios.
The collection, which she began in 2010, has not been put together on this scale before now.
Interested in the way our society approaches death, she uses her work to open up this discussion.
“We’re going on a journey together: people now and then are the same,” she said. “The past informs the future.
Recognising the show’s confronting nature, Bradhurst describes her lead-up and experience with her work as a continuing journey.
‘On the way…’ is open until September 25 at 3 Bradshaw Rd, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
For more information call Gallery on Track: 4822 7889.