Shirley Macnamara
Dyinala, Nganinya

21 Sep 2019 – 1 Mar 2020
QAG | Gallery 14 | Free

Queensland artist Shirley Macnamara of the Indjalandji-Dhidhanu/Alyawarr people is an inspirational figure in Indigenous Australian art. The exhibition highlights Macnamara’s unique sculptural pieces crafted from the spinifex plant and its runner roots covering the full span of her practice from 1997 to 2019. Evolving narratives and subtle changes in technique and materials are a hallmark of the artist’s practice.


"Our old people used to say 'Dyinala' meaning by and by; wait, have patience, all things will work out in time. 'Nganinya' meaning this way – for me this means making my art this way, which is my way. "

Shirley Macnamara

An accompanying catalogue will focus on the beauty and diversity of Macnamara’s work and also reflect her views on her people’s culture and history, and her observations of the natural world.


Shirley Macnamara, Australia b.1949 / Bush fascination II 2011

Shirley Macnamara, Australia b.1949 / Guutu (vessels) 2000 / Woven spinifex (Triodia pungens), nylon thread and synthetic polymer fixative / 7 vessels: 19 x 23cm (diam.), 38 x 27cm (diam.), 33 x 18cm (diam.), 16 x 33cm (diam.), 17 x 31cm (diam.), 16 x 46 x 25cm (oval) and 22 x 34cm (diam.); 20 circlets ranging from 0.5 x 3cm (diam.) to 1 x 15cm (diam.) / Purchased 2001. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Shirley Macnamara and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.

Shirley Macnamara, Australia b.1949 / Wingreeguu 2012

Shirley Macnamara, Australia b.1949 / Wingreeguu 2012 / Spinifex (Triodia pungens), turpentine bush (Acacia lysiphloia), yellow ochre / 190 x 241 x 160cm / Commissioned for APT7. Purchased 2013. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Shirley Macnamara and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.


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