DETAIL: Mary MARABAMBA Fish trap No 27 #3017-01 2001 jungle vine, bush string Purchased 2002
Oodgeroo NOONUCCAL | Oysters; length of fabric

Australia 1920 – 1993
Australia 1940
Australia 1947
Oysters; length of fabric 1980
screenprint on cotton
312.0 (h) x 119.2 (w) cm
Purchased 1987
NGA 1987.43
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The textiles, Oysters and Leaves, have a wonderful modernist edge to them, harking back to funky 1950s interior design when everything from textiles, wallpaper, murals, place—mats and household decorative objects had an Aboriginal ‘flavour’.

Walker was one of Australia’s most acclaimed Indigenous activist, poet, writer, actor and artist for many decades until her death in 1993. Originally intended for use as doona covers commissioned by Sheridan fabrics, the clean, clear placement of oyster and leaf symbols on cool white cotton are in contrast to the dense and busy imagery of many other Indigenous textile artists.

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