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'Skullcap' honours Aboriginal servicemen - QAGOMA Blog

‘Skullcap’ honours Aboriginal servicemen – QAGOMA Blog

Shirley Macnamara lives exterior Mt Isa in North West Queensland in which she runs a thriving cattle assets with her son, and is also immersed in her family’s cultural and political analysis.

In 2013 Macnamara began to make skullcaps, reminiscent of a customary funerary practice for some Aboriginal women in which their heads had been plastered with white clay or burnt gypsum to kind a cap, masking their hair fully. The putting on of this cap could prolong for some time right after a demise, with successive coatings building it weighty and not comfortable for the widow or female relative of the deceased.

In Skullcap 2013 (illustrated), Macnamara does not attempt to imitate the caps observed in museum collections and illustrations, fairly, she intends to honour Aboriginal adult men who represented Australia in two entire world wars, never ever to return to their liked ones. She hopes to guarantee that Aboriginal soldiers are no more time neglected. Skullcap is built from prosperous, pink ochre and is protected with emu feathers, which allude to those employed to enhance Australian soldiers’ uniform hats (illustrated).

Shirley Macnamara ‘Skullcap’

Shirley Macnamara, Indjalandji/Alyawarr, Australia b.1949  / Skullcap 2013 / Spinifex (Triodia pungens), pink ochre, emu feathers, spinifex resin and synthetic polymer fixative / 14 x 21cm (diam.) / Bought 2014 with resources from Gina Fairfax by means of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Fashionable Art Basis / Selection: Queensland Artwork 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 Globe War / Accession Amount: RELAWM17393B / Courtesy: Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Acknowledgment of Nation
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Highlighted graphic element: Shirley Macnamara Skullcap 2013
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