Mornington Island Arts, Qld Cat. No. 557/C/SG/1005
The Harding Collection, Sydney, NSW
Sally Gabori first picked up a paintbrush in 2005, at 81 years of age. The Lardil people in the Kaiadilt community of equatorial Queensland had little exposure to fine art, or really any comparable form of mark-making, prior to that time. Traditional tools, objects, or bodies were scarcely painted. The only recorded art that related their stories was a group of drawings, made at the request of ethnologist Norman B Tindale during his expedition to Bentinck Island in 1960, now housed in the South Australian Museum.
Previously known as a weaver of traditional bags, baskets, and nets, Gabori became the first Kaiadilt person to paint. Within months, she developed both in confidence and technique and was producing four-and-a-half metre paintings crowded with hundreds of concentric circles representing schools of fish feeding.Share