AN Ellenbrook artist has been chosen to create a substantial mural for a Perth building that celebrates her grandmother, as well as nature motifs inspired from her home suburb.
Marcia McGuire is one of two artists commissioned by Cbus Property to create a mural for a new art space at their building, 140 Perth.
Both artworks speak to the cultural richness of stories, memories and lived experiences of Aboriginal people for a creative program called Maarakool.
McGuire’s work, located on Globe Lane, features her grandmother May Stack (McGuire).
“Art is an emotional journey for me – it’s all about how I feel so I have to be in a certain mindset,” she said.
“To find that knowledge and that history and be connected to my ancestors, I like to incorporate traditional and modern aspects.”
Marcia has lived in Ellenbrook for 22 years and her art practice is inspired by nature, feeling and movement.
“At the beginning of my process to create the mural at 140 Perth, I was struggling with my art flow,” she said.
“My dad’s backyard has a beautiful gum tree at the back and a lot of them along the back of his fence.
“I found the best way was to sit in this beautiful space and meditate.
“This really helped me to find that knowledge and history and feel connected to my ancestors while I was creating my artwork.”
Marcia has previously created the welcome entrance artwork for Vicinity’s Midland Gate as well as Ellenbrook Central with her “Ponar” (six Noongar Seasons) art series.
She is also currently working on a perforated screens and skylights installation as part of Metronet’s Morley–Ellenbrook Line.
Marcia’s art in Perth was launched last week and is part of an immersive and supportive creative program supporting 140 Perth’s newly created art space.
The program will feature artist talks and tours, a co-creation mural and printmaking workshops.
These sessions will be designed for artists, creatives, young professionals and inner-city workers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.