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Title

Aboriginaland. Land rights, not mining, from The D'Oyley Show

1979


Artists

Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

Australia

Marie McMahon

Australia

1953 -

Frances Phoenix

Australia

1950 - 2017


About

This poster acknowledges and celebrates Australian indigenous women working in the traditional practices of basketry, weaving, beading, netting and shell work. The exhibition catalogue features illustrations of pandanus mats and string figures, explaining the symbolism of specific forms and representations of tjukurrpa.

The poster 'Aboriginaland. Land rights, not mining' features a combination of text, a photograph of a young woman from Yirrkala, hand-drawn bottlebrush motifs, and a reproduction of Marie McMahon's own cotton d’oyley. Worked in filet crochet and adorned with beads, McMahon wrote of her creation, 'I designed this piece as an alternative view of white Australia, showing who it really belongs to'. The gridlike lace features a map of Australia, gum leaves, emus and emu tracks.


Details


Date

1979


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour screenprint on thin white wove paper


Dimensions

73.0 x 48.7 cm image; 78.8 x 51.0 cm sheet


Credit

Purchased 1981


Location

Not on display


Accession number

175.1981.6


Artist information

Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

Works in the collection

10

Artist information

Marie McMahon

Works in the collection

25

Artist information

Frances Phoenix

Works in the collection

10


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Macushla Robinson, See you at the barricades, 'An introduction', pg.2-10, Sydney, 2015, 5, 12 (colour illus.), 47. illustration is a detail

Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982.