Precious Thing, Vanishing Thing is an exhibition of woodcuts and poetry by Omar Musa. The COVID-era has made many take inspiration from the resilience of nature, whether it be a succulent in a pot or a tree outside our window. Focusing on the ephemeral beauty of the natural world in Australia and Malaysia, Musa takes inspiration from the vastly different landscapes of Borneo and Queanbeyan/Canberra, all uniquely beautiful but also tragic for their loss of endemic species through climate change and environmental destruction. Personal and humorous, these are stories carved into wood and printed with vibrancy.
Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, artist and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He has released four hip hop records, three poetry books (including “Parang” and “Millefiori”) and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His debut novel “Here Come the Dogs” was long-listed for Miles Franklin Award and he was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015. His one-man play, “Since Ali Died”, won Best Cabaret Show at the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2018.