Hannah Lange

Bimbun – Paperbark, 2022

102 × 76 cm
Bimbun was inspired by the paperbark tree, its colours, textures and movements. It's a staple of Bundjalung Country, standing proud wherever it can across our undulating landscape.

I’ve always been intrigued by these magnificent creatures, how no tree seems to look the same when observed closely, each creating its own patterns throughout the seasons.

In our culture, paperbark is used for so many practical everyday tasks too. It can be used to create a coolomon or to wrap a baby in, to wrap and cook food , to dress wounds and for bedding.

I am inspired, of course, by the paperbark's raw natural beauty – but also its subtle omnipresence and strength.

Ever-present and always changing. I wanted to tell its story.

Mandaang Guwu (Thank you),
Hannah Lange
I am a proud Wiradjuri woman, born and raised on Darug and Gundungurra country, in the Blue Mountains, NSW. I’m a self-taught artist, telling nature’s story through Aboriginal art. I have always been an artist, but since 2020 I began making artwork commercially. I sold out of my first collection, Dhaagun, meaning earth/dirt/ash in Wiradjuri language. I now live on Bundjalung Country, a vibrant natural setting that has enlivened my practice even more. I’m compelled and inspired by nature’s work. In each piece, I capture nature’s minute, natural features that many wouldn’t notice – and the way they interact with the land – and speak to us if we are listening.
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