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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

  • 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
    Copyright
    © Mavis Ngallametta

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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