Possum skin cloak on exhibition at CSU
10 DECEMBER 2013
A multi-layered possum skin cloak is on special display at the William Merrylees Library at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga to showcase the work of Indigenous artist and CSU graduate Dr Treahna Hamm. Cloaks created by Dr Hamm have been purchased by major galleries and museums including the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Australian National Maritime Museum, Museum of World Culture in Frankfurt, Germany and the Albury Regional Gallery as well as by private collectors in Australia and overseas. One of Dr Hamm's possum skin cloaks from the Albury Regional Gallery Collection was worn by Ngambri Elder, Aunty Matilda House-Williams during the Welcome to Country at the 44th Opening of Federal Parliament in Canberra on Tuesday 12 November. Dr Hamm's most recent cloak, Emu Cummeragunja Woka (Emu homelands) is on display at CSU into the New Year. The artist graduated from CSU in Wagga Wagga with a Masters of Visual Arts in 2000. The cloak highlights the evolution of the artist's practice and technique using ochre as well as other traditional methods of painting derived from the landscape of Dhungala – the Murray River. The emu feathers which adorn the cloak have strong family links and are symbolic of the stories to one of Dr Hamm's family clans the Wollithica of the Yorta Yorta Nation.