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‘Skullcap’ honours Aboriginal servicemen – QAGOMA Blog

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'Skullcap' honours Aboriginal servicemen - QAGOMA Blog

Shirley Macnamara lives outdoors Mt Isa in North West Queensland where by she operates a flourishing cattle residence with her son, and is also immersed in her family’s cultural and political research.

In 2013 Macnamara began to make skullcaps, reminiscent of a customary funerary apply for some Aboriginal gals where by their heads have been plastered with white clay or burnt gypsum to variety a cap, masking their hair absolutely. The wearing of this cap could prolong for some time soon after a dying, with successive coatings creating it significant and unpleasant for the widow or woman relative of the deceased.

In Skullcap 2013 (illustrated), Macnamara doesn’t endeavor to imitate the caps uncovered in museum collections and illustrations, alternatively, she intends to honour Aboriginal men who represented Australia in two globe wars, in no way to return to their cherished types. She hopes to assure that Aboriginal troopers are no for a longer period neglected. Skullcap is created from wealthy, pink ochre and is lined with emu feathers, which allude to these utilised to beautify Australian soldiers’ uniform hats (illustrated).

Shirley Macnamara ‘Skullcap’

Shirley Macnamara, Indjalandji/Alyawarr, Australia b.1949  / Skullcap 2013 / Spinifex (Triodia pungens), purple ochre, emu feathers, spinifex resin and synthetic polymer fixative / 14 x 21cm (diam.) / Ordered 2014 with resources from Gina Fairfax through the Queensland Artwork Gallery | Gallery of Modern-day Artwork Foundation / Collection: Queensland Artwork Gallery | Gallery of Contemporary Art  / © Shirley Macnamara

Gentle Horse slouch hat with emu plume

Light-weight Horse slouch hat with emu plume, Initially Planet War / Accession Quantity: RELAWM17393B / Courtesy: Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Acknowledgment of Region
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