artist

Kirli Saunders art works span painting, print-making, fibre, traditional & digital mediums . Her art has been shortlisted for the Shoalhaven Gallery Contemporary NOW Art Prize. In 2020 Kirli’s works featured in Here+Now (Wollongong Regional Art Gallery) and Terra Within (Shoalhaven Art Gallery) exhibitions and has been commissioned by University of Wollongong and NSW Department of Education. Kirli’s first solo exhibition, Returning features at SHAC gallery in nov 26- Dec 23 2021. Returning has been assisted by Magabala Books and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. 

Digital

We Are Still Here
Limited Edition Digital Print on Fine Art Hahnemühle Bamboo Paper, Returning ©, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021
Tidal
Limited Edition Digital Collage on Fine Art Hahnemühle Bamboo Paper, Returning ©Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021
Black is Beautiful
Limited Edition Digital Print on Fine Art Hahnemühle Bamboo Paper, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021

INSTALLATION

Mate, You’re Standing on Stolen Land
Vinyl on Concrete in Situ, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021
You Can’t Pray The Gay Out Of Me
Mixed Media, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021

FIBRE

Possum Skin Cloak
Possum pelts, cotton, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021
created with the the generous Mentorship of Aunty Loretta Parsley
Blooming
Mixed Media, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021

Riverside Blessing
Casuarina on Habotai Silk, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021
created with the the generous Mentorship of Stephani Beaupark

Clever
Naturally dyed hemp twine dilly bag, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021
Sacred Women’s Ways
Cabbage Tree Palm, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021

Paint & Prints

Ngurragu Dhadjam ~ Come Home Soon
Acrylic on Ply, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021
What’s Your Business Here?
2 x 2.4m x 1.2m Acrylic on Board © Kirli Saunders 2020
Commissioned by Wollongong Art Gallery for Here+Now
photo credit: Bernie Fischer
Aftermath
Monoprint on Paper, Returning © Kirli Saunders 2021
photo credit: Sarah Tedder, Bear Hunt Photography 2021
Regentrification
1.2 x 2.4m Mixed Media on repurposed Horse Hair Gyprock from Dharawal Country © Kirli Saunders 2020
Commissioned by Shoalhaven Gallery for Terra Within

Film & performance

Sun Downs and Seasons
© Kirli Saunders 2021
created as part of a series of poetic commissions
with thanks to Tad Souden, Red Room Poetry & Wollongong Botanic Gardens.
Matriarchs Rising
original poem © Kirli Saunders 2019, Wiradjuri interpretation & Choreography © 2021 Jo Clancy, with thanks to dancers Shana and Amie.
Coalescing
digital animation
© 2021 Kirli Saunders