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'Skullcap' honours Aboriginal servicemen - QAGOMA Blog

‘Skullcap’ honours Aboriginal servicemen – QAGOMA Blog

Shirley Macnamara life outdoors Mt Isa in North West Queensland where she runs a thriving cattle property with her son, and is also immersed in her family’s cultural and political investigate.

In 2013 Macnamara began to make skullcaps, reminiscent of a customary funerary observe for some Aboriginal gals wherever their heads were being plastered with white clay or burnt gypsum to form a cap, masking their hair completely. The putting on of this cap could increase for some time soon after a dying, with successive coatings generating it weighty and uncomfortable for the widow or female relative of the deceased.

In Skullcap 2013 (illustrated), Macnamara doesn’t try to imitate the caps located in museum collections and illustrations, instead, she intends to honour Aboriginal gentlemen who represented Australia in two planet wars, never to return to their liked ones. She hopes to make certain that Aboriginal troopers are no longer neglected. Skullcap is manufactured from prosperous, red ochre and is included with emu feathers, which allude to all those used to adorn Australian soldiers’ uniform hats (illustrated).

Shirley Macnamara ‘Skullcap’

Shirley Macnamara, Indjalandji/Alyawarr, Australia b.1949  / Skullcap 2013 / Spinifex (Triodia pungens), red ochre, emu feathers, spinifex resin and synthetic polymer fixative / 14 x 21cm (diam.) / Acquired 2014 with money from Gina Fairfax through the Queensland Artwork Gallery | Gallery of Contemporary Artwork Foundation / Assortment: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern day Art  / © Shirley Macnamara

Light-weight Horse slouch hat with emu plume

Light Horse slouch hat with emu plume, To start with Planet War / Accession Variety: RELAWM17393B / Courtesy: Australian War Memorial, Canberra

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Highlighted impression element: Shirley Macnamara Skullcap 2013