Mary
Dhapalany

Untitled
Pandanus mat
2018

Untitled
Pandanus mat
2018

Courtesy of the Artist

Mary Dhapalany is a weaver and actress, having starred among others in the legendary Ten Canoes (2006), the first feature film entirely in Australian Aboriginal languages. Her weaving originates from the Yolngu’s nganiyal (woven mats) lineage, objects that have ritual, ceremonial, and practical significance. It represents the complex family kinships of her community and the geographical features of her territory, as well as cosmic bodies – in effect, the complex maps of the Yolngu universe at all levels. The patterns, colours, and designs are nevertheless unique to Dhapalany, grounded in the techniques and knowledge she learned from her grandmother.

 

The artist's participation was made possible with support from the Australia Council for the Arts.

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