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Lorraine Connelly-Northey

O’possum-skin cloak

Lorraine Connelly-Northey | Waradgerie people | Australia b.1962 | O’possum-skin cloak 2005 | Galah feathers on wire | The James C Sourris, AM, Collection. Gift of James C Sourris, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © The artist

Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C Sourris AM Collection | 12 November 2011 — 19 February 2012 | GOMA | Free admission

Lorraine Connelly-Northey first learnt to weave using natural fibres under the guidance of senior South-Australian Aboriginal weaver Yvonne Koolmatrie. Although she had originally intended to use traditional plant material, she felt uncomfortable about taking grasses from land that was not her mother’s country. Instead, she decided to recycle discarded materials and found objects in an eco-centric approach to creating sculptural pieces that symbolise traditional Aboriginal lifestyle. Here, she recreates a possum-skin cloak, iconic of the Aboriginal cultures of south-eastern Australia. The patchwork found on the traditional cloaks is mirrored by the structure of the work’s rusted metal frame, while patterns from the inside of the cloak are reflected here in pink galah feathers.