1. Symbols of the Gunai Woman, 2000, Etching, Ed 4/10, 30 x 20 cm image, 38 x 38 cm sheet, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection, purchased 2003.
2. Bird I and Moon, 2003, Etching, Ed 2/10, 30 x 19 cm image, 35 x 25 cm sheet, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection, purchased 2003.
Jennifer Mullet is an Aboriginal artist who explores symbolism used in paintings, artifacts and storytelling of the Gunaikurnai, Bidawal and Ngarigo (Monaro) people. These are her tribes and homeland areas. She is the daughter of Uncle Albert Mullett, who is a highly respected Elder of the Gunaikurnai/Monaro people. Her mother, Rachel Mullett, is a painter.
Growing up, Mullett spent most of her childhood in the forests of Bidawal and far New South Wales, and as a teenager in Gunaikurnai country. Her work is a reconnection to personal memories and experiences and a representation of identity.
The symbols use Mullett uses in her work diverts from those that are more commonly used, such as those in Symbols of the Gunai Woman and Bird I and Moon. The artist says the construction of these symbols “embody cultural essentialism. They are embodied through a series of changes by the interlocking of external and internal worlds.” These symbols are a contemporary translation of stories of the land, waters, and animals with an internal and spiritual lens. Mullett challenges the assumptions associated with Aboriginal art having prescriptive qualities in appearance.
As well as printmaking, Jennifer Mullett also works in ceramics, installation, painting and drawing. Her work is held in several regional and states public galleries and museums, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne.