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Title

Bush fire at Kutchendoopen

2014


Artist

Mavis Ngallametta

Australia

10 Aug 1944 - 28 Jan 2019

Language group

Wik, West cape region


About

Born in the coastal country of the Kugu people around the Kendall River south of Aurukun on the Cape York Peninsula, Mavis Ngallametta is an elder of the Putch clan. Ngallametta learnt weaving and basketry skills using cabbage palm and pandanus from her elders and is an exceptional weaver, known for her colourful and asymmetrical forms.

In 2008 while working as a weaver at the Wik and Kugu Arts and Craft Centre in Aurukun, Ngallametta began painting on canvas. Using natural pigments collected from her country Ngallametta creates spectacular works that explore the complexities of the Western Cape landscape, as seen in 'Bush fire at Kutchendoopen' 2014. In this work Ngallametta explores the complex web of water systems, rivers and coastline that dominate the region, interspersed with simple figurative elements, providing an intimate view of this unique part of Australia, in the very colours and materials that are from the country itself.


Details


Place where the work was made

Aurukun Cape York Queensland Australia


Cultural origin

Putch


Date

2014


Media category

Painting


Materials used

natural pigments and acrylic binders on canvas


Dimensions

200.0 x 275.0 cm stretcher


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

103.2014


Artist information

Mavis Ngallametta

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history