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An image of Men's business by Fiona Foley

Fiona Foley

(Australia 20 Mar 1964 – )

Language group
Badtjala, North-east region
Men's business
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
crayon, charcoal

55.0 x 78.8 cm image / sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "F. L. Foley 87".
Purchased 1988
Accession number
© Fiona Foley, courtesy of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

Records a 'Marndiella or boy's initiation ceremony at Ramingining in December 1986 when just before dawn the dancers set fire to leaves attached to their legs. The drawing shows the track of the moon at the bottom, a curved live of spectators frames the initiates (who are under a blanket), the line of dancers represent the Wititj (python), the conical hats work by the dancers represent the Wagilag sisters’ dog.

Fiona Foley, the artist

Bibliography (2)

Ben Gennochio, Fiona Foley: Solitaire, 'Pastels and politics', pg. 70-93, Annandale, 2001, 2-3 (colour illus., detail), 74 (colour illus.), 76.

Ben Gennochio, Fiona Foley: Invisible voices, Bundaberg, 2000, 12, 13 (colour illus.). 1 or 2 (not specified)

Exhibition history (4)

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995

Fiona Foley: Invisible voices:

unknown, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Aug 2007–28 Oct 2007

Boomalli: 20 years on, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2007–28 Oct 2007