‘Skullcap’ honours Aboriginal servicemen – QAGOMA Blog

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

In 2013 Macnamara commenced to make skullcaps, reminiscent of a customary funerary follow for some Aboriginal ladies the place their heads were being plastered with white clay or burnt gypsum to variety a cap, masking their hair completely. The carrying of this cap could increase for some time soon after a dying, with successive coatings creating it major and not comfortable for the widow or woman relative of the deceased.

In Skullcap 2013 (illustrated), Macnamara does not attempt to imitate the caps found in museum collections and illustrations, somewhat, she intends to honour Aboriginal adult males who represented Australia in two environment wars, hardly ever to return to their liked ones. She hopes to make sure that Aboriginal troopers are no for a longer period neglected. Skullcap is produced from wealthy, purple ochre and is included with emu feathers, which allude to these utilised to embellish 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.) / Purchased 2014 with cash from Gina Fairfax by way of the Queensland Artwork Gallery | Gallery of Fashionable Art Basis / Assortment: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Fashionable Art  / © Shirley Macnamara

Light Horse slouch hat with emu plume

Light-weight Horse slouch hat with emu plume, Initial World War / Accession Range: RELAWM17393B / Courtesy: Australian War Memorial, Canberra

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