DETAIL: Mary MARABAMBA Fish trap No 27 #3017-01 2001 jungle vine, bush string Purchased 2002
Jackson WOOLLA | Figure

WOOLLA, Jackson
Australia 1930 – 1998
Figure 1989
natural pigments on wood, natural fibre
49.0 (h) x 36.0 (w) x 12.0 (d) cm
Purchased 1989
NGA 1990.1733
VIEW: Article |

 ‘In the early 1950s boldly figurative sculpture emerged from Aurukun. Recent works are often composite in nature, usually painted in broad areas of colour, similar to ceremonial body decorations, and represent ancestral beings in human form.’

(Howard Morphy, Aboriginal Art, 1998, p. 92)

This sculpture is associated with the tragic story of the two Quail women who ‘sang’ to each other across the Kirke estuary, mourning the death of one of the sisters’ babies. The dotting on the figure relates to the shimmering of clear water after the monsoon season in western Cape York Peninsula.

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