2000/0241.1-6 Mustering (set of 6 drawings)

Mustering (set of 6 drawings)

Artist

Pantjiti Mary McLEAN
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1935
 in
Docker River (Kaltukatjara), Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Mustering (set of 6 drawings)
Date
1999
Medium/Material
lead pencil on paper
Dimensions
76 x 56cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 2000
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2000/0241.1-6
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightThe key source for Dr Pantjiti Mary McLean’s style is milpatjunanyi, a tradition of storytelling in which women or girls will simultaneously tell a story and use symbols drawn in the sand to describe the deeds of the characters. The Mustering series of drawings and paintings was exhibited at the Fremantle Arts Centre in 1999. The purpose of the exhibition was to provide a visual biography of an important early phase of the artist’s life in Western Australia. The pencil drawings came after she had produced her first watercolour paintings. The drawings share links to similar works by Indigenous artists from the nineteenth century such as Barak Barak, Tommy McCrae, Mickey of Ulladulla – all from the south-east of Australia – and George Coolbul, a Nyoongar artist from this region. McLean is more recognised for her vibrant paintings, but the drawings allow the hand of the artist to show. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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