25 Jul

HOPES for a sustainable future are encapsulated in a drawing created by an indigenous artist from Western Australia.

UWA student Kamsani Bin Salleh was inspired by fallen leaves which he feels symbolise WA’s biodiversity and multicultural society.

Kamsani is one of ten artists asked to capture their view of Perth and WA as part of PerthNow’s 10th birthday celebrations.

“It’s sort of symbolising the fact of a multicultural society — leaves blowing in from one place and landing in the place we call Perth now, at the moment,” Kamsani said.

“The leaves also highlight the biodiversity of Perth and Perth’s initiatives to keep a sustainable future.”

Speaking of his inspiration, Kamsani said he had found Perth to be full of surprises.

“I’ve met a lot of interesting people and seen a lot of interesting places, and Perth just keeps on surprising as well,” he said.

“Some places you’d never know existed. And just going for a drive around the corner or just getting lost, you can find yourself in a new part of town.”

Living in Perth means a lot to the artist, who is originally from Boddington.

“There are a lot of opportunities coming out of living in Perth right now,” he added.

“There is a lot of interest in the arts which has given me the chance to showcase some of my talents with a few of the projects I’ve been involved in, even providing me with the platforms to express myself artistically.”

Kamsani Bin Salleh was inspired by Perth’s biodiversity. Picture: Gatecrasher
Kamsani said it was pretty hard to narrow down his favourite part of Perth.

“One of the reasons I love Perth so much is that it has provided me with a lot of friends. Hanging with my mates at uni is quite a good spot for me.

“It always depends on the changing of the seasons I guess — when the leaves are falling down I keep inside but when they’re up I like just chilling in the shade which is nice.”

In addition to featuring on PerthNow from July 13 to August 1, each artist’s work will be part of a pop-up display at the Art Gallery of WA from July 20 to August 1, including original pieces.

Some pieces will later be sold at auction for charity.

Fremantle artist Anya Brock kicked off PerthNow’s birthday celebrations with a painting of a Carnaby’s black cockatoo to express her view of Perth.

Story published on the Perth Now Website

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