Laurie Nilsen’s Night by the Fire

Laurie Nilsen is a member of the proppaNOW collective and features in the current kuril dhagun exhibition of the same name. Laurie shared his journey of becoming an artist and his involvement in the collective.

Laurie has a special connection to kuril dhagun as he was the lead artist to produce the public artwork featured on the north face of the State Library building; he collaborated with students to create the feature wall. Another Laurie Nilsen creation is the beautifully carved, extra long coolamon in the Talking Circle used to catch rain.  

State Library also purchased our own barbed wire emu “Dolly” in 2006 and we were excited to bring her out of storage for the proppaNOW exhibition. I like to tell people that our treasured Dolly is very unique as her head is lower than all other emus Laurie has created. We hope to have Dolly permanently installed in the space after the exhibition.

Laurie said that his emus are not his favorite sculptures but they do pay the bills. He has picked up eleven commissions for emus within the last week alone.

Visit the proppaNOW exhibition in kuril dhagun before it closes on the 10 September.



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