Morning, Noon and Night

Morning, Noon and Night (web banner image above) courtesy of the artist, Jessie Victoria Bonson.

Jessie Victoria Bonson
b.1992, Darwin Northern Territory
Jawoyn/Kala Lagaw Ya

Morning, Noon and Night, 2012
Digital photograph on cotton rag paper [triptych]
AP edn of 3
Each Panel 100 x 90 cm
Gifted by the artist through the CDU Foundation to the University, 2012 – ACIKE Works on Paper Portfolio [CDU Art Collection – CDU2429]

Artist’s Statement

Morning, Noon and Night represents a story my Nanna Bonson told me a long time ago. I was very young and upset. I didn’t understand why I was so different from my cousins.

We were like brothers and sisters; we grew up together, played the same games and ate the same food. Yet I could not understand why we looked so different and why I wasn’t the same colour. Why wasn’t I as dark as my cousin Thomas and as light as my cousin Alexander?

So I asked my Nanna and I’ll never forget what she told me.

She held me in her arms and explained so beautifully: “Thomas was born during the night so his skin was dark; Alexander was born at noon when the sun was bright so his skin is lighter; and you my granddaughter, you were born at dawn between the dark and the light so you are in between and are neither dark nor light.” 

Jessie Victoria Bonson, 2012