Aru

Mary TAYLOR: artist

Not On Display

About the work


Mary Teresa Taylor was born in Wyndham, northern Western Australia and grew up in Oombulgurri - Forrest River. For years Taylor observed the old people making ground paintings. After her move to Kalumburu in 2005, she began painting with Kira Kiro Arts when the project began in 2009. Taylor’s art details the rock formations along the Berkeley River, as part of her deep connection to her husband and his Balangarra Country. Having lived and walked the river length with her husband and their children, Mary was acutely familiar with the geography and geology of place. Her swirling circle formations show the eddies of small rock pools and the rock markers along the river banks. Here she played as a girl amongst the ‘aru’- rocks and stones, fishing, swimming and telling stories. Her inspiration came from the stories told to her by her husband. "The stories told to me while we hunted for fish and turtle. He was a good old man, my husband."
Title
Aru
Artist/Maker and role
Mary TAYLOR: artist
Date
2017
Medium
ochre pigments on paper
Measurements
56.5 x 76.0 cm
Credit line
Purchased through The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2019
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number
2019/0077

This is one of the paintings in our collection.



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