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ISSN (print) 2204-0196x ISSN (digital) 2204-020X

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Cover image:

  • Regina Pilawuk Wilson (Ngan’gikurunggurr)people, living in Peppimenarti, Northern Territory),
  • Syaw (Fish Net). Acrylic on linen, 2017. 220 x 120 cm, AIAS593.210619_001. Acquired from Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney, 2019
  • Information: Ngan'gikurunggurr artist Regina Pilawuk Wilson is a master weaver and pioneering painter. She is acclaimed for her contemporary representation of weaving techniques and stitches in painting. There is a strong connection between weaving and painting; in Ngan'gi, wupun means both 'basket' and 'to spread/smear/paint something'. Through painting these weaving designs, Regina is passing on the traditions and knowledge of the Elders to the future generations. Regina Pialwuk Wilson first created the Syaw (Fish Net) design in 2003. This painting represents the stitch and weave of the syaw or fish net. Its weaving method is the same as the stitch used in weaving the warrgarri (dilly bag), except bigger. Usually it is made from the pinbin vine (bush vine) which grows near the river; the vine is stripped into fibres and then woven into the net. The syaw is used to catch fish, prawns and other edible creatures in the creeks and rivers.

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