Shirley Macnamara

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.

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 / Bush fascination II 2011 / Twined spinifex (Triodia longiceps), seed, emu and galah feathers and wax thread / 19 x 19 x 10cm / Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Shirley Macnamara.

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.


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