Show Me the Way to Go Home
21 Mar 2020 – 2 Aug 2020
QAG | Gallery 3 Kenneth & Yasuko Myer Gallery, Gallery 4 | Free
Mavis Ngallametta (1944-2019) made a profound contribution to arts and culture nationally and particularly in Queensland, her home state. An elder of the Putch clan and a cultural leader of the Wik and Kugu people of Aurukun, Mavis Ngallametta was one of the most well-regarded senior community-based artists in Australia.
This exhibition will survey a decade of the artist's intricate and animated paintings, bringing together major works from her Pamp/Swamp, Kendall River, Wutan, Ikalath, Yalgamunken, intertidal estuary and powerful bushfire series for the first time. This will be a powerful aesthetic experience and great insight into life on Mavis Ngallametta’s country.
Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta, Kugu‑Uwanh people, Putch clan, Australia 1944-2019 / Ngak-pungarichan (Clearwater) 2013 / Synthetic polymer paint and natural pigments with synthetic polymer binder on canvas / 200 x 290cm / Purchased 2013. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Estate of the artist.
Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta, Kugu‑Uwanh people, Putch clan, Australia 1944-2019 / Wutan #2 2014 / Natural pigments and charcoal with acrylic binder on canvas / 272 x 200cm / Purchased 2015 with funds from Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Estate of the artist.