We all come from very different backgrounds but still found we have a lot in common. We enjoyed a pleasant couple of hours together chatting and exploring our interests and what we hope to achieve. Kath left, as she had other commitments, and the rest of us strolled over to the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) for a wander through the collection – followed, of course, by lunch.
I was extremely happy to learn that restrictions on photography of the permanent AGNSW exhibits was lifted just last week. I quickly went through to see their huge display of Pukumani poles and took a couple of pictures whilst chatting to the security man. Unfortunately the lighting wasn’t great and the photos aren’t worth anything. However, in the foyer where it was brighter I got some reasonable shots of some other Aboriginal ceremonial poles.
Whilst the colours used include fairly vibrant oranges and yellows mixed amongst the browns and black the overall impression is of muted earth tones as the lines are so close-set and fine.
Quite a different look between these and the posts produced by the Tiwi people where the poles are carved into rough shapes and the patterning is larger and less precise.
The signage for the poles pictured here is listed below but unfortunately I don’t know which title relates to which pole as the artist names and work titles were grouped together.
Buyku 2008 by Djirrirra Wunungmurra from Arnham region
Garak, The Universe 2008 by Mrs Yunupingu from Arnham region
Dhudi Djapu Miny’tji 2007 by Mulkun Wirrpanda from Arnham region
Garrimala 2007 by Malaluba Gumana from Arnham region
As there are only four names and titles I guess that some of the poles are grouped under one title but there was nothing to explain them so it is hard to know precisely.