Aboriginaland. Land rights, not mining, from The D'Oyley Show
Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney
1950 - 2017
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.
colour screenprint on thin white wove paper
73.0 x 48.7 cm image; 78.8 x 51.0 cm sheet
Not on display
© Marie McMahon and Frances (Budden) Phoenix with the Women's Domestic Needlework Group
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Project 39 - Women's Imprint (1982), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Oct 1982–31 Oct 1982
Watters Gallery: 50th anniversary exhibition, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 19 Sep 2014–02 Nov 2014
See you at the barricades, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2015–29 Nov 2015
Ewa Pachucka 'Arcadia: Landscape and bodies', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 2018–29 Apr 2018