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Title

Syaw (Fish-net)

2019


Artist

Regina Pilawuk Wilson

Australia

1948 -

Language group

Ngangikurrunggurr, Fitzmaurice region


About

Born in 1948 in the Daly river region, Regina Pilawuk Wilson now lives and works at Peppimenarti, Northern Territory. Wilson established this community with her husband Harold Wilson, for the Ngangikurrungurr people in 1973 and it is now home to her large extended family. Wilson is the leading artist working through Durrmu Arts, the community arts organisation based in Peppimenarti.

Wilson’s practice stems from an immense knowledge of culture and her environment - how to harvest, treat and dye natural fibres, as well as perform the art of masterfully weaving the materials. This is a precious and time-consuming skill and Wilson is widely recognised as an exceptional weaver.

Wilson began painting in the early 2000s, translating the weft and weave of her baskets and mats into delicate marks of acrylic paint on canvas. Her decision to do this was informed by a desire to communicate the complexity of such objects in a medium that could be more readily shared with a broader audience. Through painting, Wilson is preserving weaving expertise and offering the world a form of practice that visually, physically and culturally translates in a completely different way. Only a virtuoso is capable developing and executing such translation with apparent ease and undeniable success.


Details


Place where the work was made

Daly River Northern Territory Australia


Date

2019


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on linen


Dimensions

209.0 x 158.0 cm


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

205.2019


Artist information

Regina Pilawuk Wilson

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Daly River