Through Hopes Eyes

In this section, you will investigate some of the artworks by Hope that depict the many and varied influences on her art. Hope depicts the changing nature of her art, influences on her art, and the changing nature of Aboriginal culture. Artists like Hope are influenced by the environment, other artists and artworks, past and present experiences; almost any aspect of their life.

 

Through investigations, you are asked to

  • explain how Hope’s art has been influenced
  • identify aspects of the influence in her art; changes in her art as a result of the influences
  • consider why Hope has chosen to depict these aspects of life in your paintings
  • evaluate how effectively Hope adapted the influences into her work

 

The main focus is to answer the key questions at the beginning of the tasks and record your thinking in your journal. Answers can take many forms such as words, sketches, diagrams.


This painting depicts the measures taken to enforce government legislation concerning the removal of children. The Colonial Secretary, A.H. Palmer, issued the following orders to Benches of Magistrates, Members of the Police Force and others on 21 October, 1881:

“The attention of the Government having been directed to the fact that there are, amongst the Aboriginals in various parts of the colony, a number of half-caste children for whose education and moral training it is deemed advisable that immediate steps should be taken:  Benches of Magistrates… are requested to procure the arrest of all such children, with the view of treating them as ‘neglected children’ under the Industrial and Reformatory Schools Act of 1865.

The message of HOPE is portrayed in the sheltering of the mother and child behind the boulders. The protection of Aboriginal spirituality is captured in handprints and symbols embedded in the landscape.

  • Examine the painting ‘The Hunt’ Art Card 10, to identify: the time of day, landscapes and aspects of the environment and people, both hunters and hunted

    Identify and sketch the symbols Hope used to represent each of these elements.

  • Read what Hope says about the painting .

    Draw conclusions as to why Hope called this painting The Hunt.

    Explain who was hunted and who was hunting.

  • Many years later the government apologised for taking Aboriginal children from their parents in the 1960s and before.

    Compare the images of the  Stolen Generation (https://bit.ly/2OGRdFM) with Hope’s painting to consider the connection between Hope’s message in ‘The Hunt’ and the reasons for the Australian government saying sorry at National Sorry Day in 1998. Keep notes n your Art Journal.


How does Hope portray the importance of children in the future of Aboriginal culture?

Assimilation

The objective of government policy was to educate and ‘civilise’ the children.

 

Our chief hope is decidedly with the children and the complete success as far as regards their education would be before us, if it were possible to remove them from the influence of their parents. (Protectors Report-1939)

 

This quote summarises the plight of many Aboriginal children who were forcibly taken from their families to be educated and in due course trained for domestic and farm labor

  • Read what Hope was trying to say in this painting ‘Assimilation’

    Explain this in your Art Journal.

  • Consider the pros and cons of Hope using the faces of her own children in this painting, ‘Our Children, Our Future’ AC15. Decide if you like this approach.

    Explain why or why not in your Art Journal.

  • Many years later the government apologised for taking Aboriginal children from their parents in the 1960s and before.

    Compare the images of the  Stolen Generation (https://bit.ly/2OGRdFM) with Hope’s painting to consider the connection between Hope’s message in ‘The Hunt’ and the reasons for the Australian government saying sorry at National Sorry Day in 1998. Keep notes n your Art Journal.


  • Examine the painting, ‘Torres Strait’ Art Card 1. Identify and sketch three distinct parts of this work and record in your Art Journal. Next to each sketch explain what you think each part means for Hope, remembering that Hope was born and lived on the Aboriginal settlement of Cherbourg in the 1960s.

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