2019/0077 Aru

Aru

Artist

Mary TAYLOR
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
19 Oct 1939
 in
Wyndham, Western Australia
Death:
27 May 2018
 in
Kalumburu, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Aru
Date
2017
Medium/Material
ochre pigments on paper
Dimensions
56.5 x 76.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2019
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2019/0077
Currently not on display

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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."

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