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Title

Mosquito corroboree

1994


Artist

Thanakupi

Australia

1937 - 23 Apr 2011

Language group

Thanaquith, West Cape region


About

Thancoupie is the most prominent Aboriginal potter and in 2001 a retrospective exhibition was held at the Brisbane City Gallery which also toured to Cairns. Her first solo exhibition was in 1972 and therefore her professional career has extended for almost 30 years. Born in Naperanum (Weipa), Thancoupie trained at East Sydney Technical College. She returned to north Queensland after completing her studies and having a number of successful exhibitions in Sydney.

Thancoupie's spherical pots explore the theme of the meaning of life through the use of the circle. The design on this pot depicts the Nguul (Mosquito) Corroboree. Like Noah's Ark, the animals attended the ceremony two by two and this pot depicts several pairs of animals.

Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2001


Details


Other Title

Mosquito corroboree, two by two


Place where the work was made

Cairns Queensland Australia


Date

1994


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

hand-built stoneware


Dimensions

27.0 x 32.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dr and Mrs Ronald K Faithfull 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

461.2001


Artist information

Thanakupi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

5


Place

Where the work was made
Cairns

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2002, 'Year in review', pg. 8-25, Sydney, 2002, 9.

Natasha Brook, Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia, 'Thancoupie', pg. 134, Sydney, 2004, 134 (colour illus.).

Grace Cochrane, One sun one moon: Aboriginal art in Australia, ‘Cross-over: Two-way influences in contemporary Indigenous design’, pg. 261-269, Sydney, 2007, 263 (colour illus.).

Hetti Perkins and Ken Watson, A material thing - objects from the collection, Sydney, 1999.