Bonita Ely established her reputation as an environmental artist in the early 1970s through her work on the Murray Darling rivers. She has a diverse practice across various media and has often addressed feminist, environmental and socio-political issues. Dr Ely is Head of the Sculpture, Performance and Installation Department at COFA, University of New South Wales, where she is a founding member of the Environmental Research Institute for Art (ERIA).
Multi-layered exploration of Australian history and mythology, brought together references to traumas suffered by Sir Douglas Mawson during his Antarctic expedition, and those of the Stolen Generations of indigenous Australians. The intense content of these themes was overlaid with Vietnamese calligraphic representations of longevity.
Source: Solo Survey Exhibition Linkage Project, Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS EAF annual report