photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This photograph was taken on an island off the coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. We were fortunate to send a film crew to spend some time on the Island recording the story of artist Mavis Ganambarr for a behind the scenes look at the making of her work for our Love Lace exhibition. The team had a wonderful time with Mavis as she took them all over the island and explained about the process she undertakes to create her work. Her artist statement reveals:
Koskela came to us with the idea of doing our weaving on lampshades. I thought it would be interesting to take our traditional Yolngu materials (handmade fibre derived from the Kurrajong tree) and use them on Balanda (non-Indigenous) objects.
The lampshade project was an opportunity to try something new and show our artwork in a new light. I use things I can find at the beach or in the bush around me — like seeds and shells and shark bone and feathers — because they are b
eautiful and I can do many different things with them. I also like to show other people how they can use things from nature. This is part of keeping my knowledge and culture strong.
<a href="”>Here is the micro-documentary that is a result of this trip
Photography by Marinco Kojdanovski
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