Martin Sharp’s tapestry: Oz

Photo taken from: Australian Art Auction Records

       Looking at Martin Sharp’s tapestry, we can easily perceive that it talks about some of the significant events and milestone in Australia’s history. The colours used were bright colours of red, yellow, blue, green and white. This is a combination of the Australian national colours and the colours found in the Australian flag. In the middle of the tapestry we can easily see these group of 5 white stars called the Southern Cross. This represents the geographical location of Australia in the Southern hemisphere. The ocean, fishes and the red star fish could represent Australia’s abundance in natural resources and marine biodiversity. A picture of the Harbour Bridge is standing prominently at the background which perhaps symbolizes the country’s strong defence and economic stability. On the left corner we can see the silhouette of the famous Opera house, representing Australia’s cultural progress. A picture of a white Galleon can be seen on the silhouette of the Opera house. This could represent England’s exploration and colonization of Australia. Uluru, near the left corner, acknowledges Australia’s traditional custodians. It is the Indigenous people’s sacred place of worship. The Opera House features the fusion of the past colonial history and  modernisation of the country.

       I think this tapestry is a celebration of Australia’s great achievements and successes. Australia has become a fully developed country moving forward to the 21th century with its diversities and modernization without forgetting its past Aboriginal culture. It is a picture celebrating the rise of the new Australia.

2 thoughts on “Martin Sharp’s tapestry: Oz

  1. Hello Honeylene,
    What a wonderful piece of writing. You have really found the essence of Australia in the tapestry, although I would have liked to have seen you connect it to the o’ Dowd poem even if only briefly. Also, I think it is better to stick with Uluru as the recognised name for the Rock and, always capitalise the word Aboriginal when discussing the Australian Aboriginal peoples.
    This is very good work, however. Keep up the good work!

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  2. This is a beautiful and well written description of the tapestry by Martin Sharp. Well done Honey-lene! There are still a few things to fix up… and please do these now.
    Great work!
    MG
    Editing Needed (and some workshop follow-ups- see Purdue Owl for help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/
    * A picture of a white Galleon could be seen = A picture of a white Galleon can be seen [ – verb tense: you are talking about something that you CAN see now, not something that you could or might see…. ]
    *The Uluru on the side recognise Australia’s traditional custodians.= Uluru, near the left corner, acknowledges Australia’s traditional custodians. -{You don’t need to put “The” in front of the name of Ulura. You don’t say “They live in the Australia.” But you do say “They go to the Opera House”.}
    *Australia’s great achievements and success. = Australia’s great achievements and successes. – more than one success….
    *Australia had become a fully developed country moving forward… = Australia has become a fully developed country moving forward… [verb tense: Australia has become, not had become…. can you tell the difference…. “has” means ” still is”]

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