A day at the gallery: part 2
After a spot of morning tea, Mr A and I went back into the Queensland Art Gallery to see the Yirrkala Drawings exhibition, which I think I enjoyed more than any show I’ve seen in a long time. It was moving, inspirational, evocative and very easy on the eye.
The story behind it is that in 1947 Indigenous elders from the Yirrkala community in north-east Arnhem Land produced hundreds of vibrant lumber crayon drawings on brown butcher’s paper for the anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt. This exhibition presents 81 drawings out of about 360 that were produced and the colour palette is extraordinary: in brilliant red, blue, yellow, green and black, they depict Yolgnu culture and life. The photo below shows a spread from the exhibition catalogue that’s indicative of the works – the one on the left is by Bangaliwuy Marrawungu and titled ‘Shooting Star Site at Dhuwalkitj’.
I know I see the world through the prism of fabric, but there were so many that I could see reproduced as quilts – I think they would be spectacular!
Entry filed under: art, Inspiration. Tags: arnhem land, crayon drawings, indigenous art, indigenous exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery, ronald and catherine berndt, yirrkala, yirrkala drawings, yolgnu life.