An image of Bush fire at Kutchendoopen

Mavis Ngallametta

(Australia 10 Aug 1944 – 28 Jan 2019)

Community
Aurukun, West cape region
Language group
Wik, West cape region

Bush fire at Kutchendoopen

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Aurukun, Cape York, Queensland, Australia
Cultural origin
Putch
Year
2014
Media
Painting
Medium
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
Accession number
103.2014
Copyright
© Mavis Ngallametta