Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia born 1962
Epiphany at the Bogie Hole.
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper linocut, printed in black ink, from one block Support: laid paper
Edition State: published state
Edition: edition of 3
Vera Zulumovski was the child of migrants and grew up with an acute awareness of her parents’ Macedonian cultural origins and the difficulties of life in a new country. Her first language was that of her parents and she did not learn English until she started school.
In Zulumovski’s art there is an unexpected fusion between Macedonian rituals and Australian settings. The backdrop for many of her prints is Newcastle, an industrial city north of Sydney, where she now lives. This union gives the prints their potency, offering the possibility of speaking to two cultures. Zulumovski comments:
Newcastle’s Macedonian Community celebrates Epiphany at the Bogie Hole, a convict-built rock pool at Newcastle Beach. … So, Epiphany at the Bogie Hole is the practice of an ancient orthodox service at a site which reflects the beginnings of white Australian history, by people who are relatively recent Australians.1
Roger Butler and Beatrice Gralton
1Vera Zulumovski, January 1992 in Roger Bulter, My Head is a Map: A decade of Australian prints, Canberra: Australian National Gallery, 1992, p.44.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002