Warrgardi (dilly bag) by Regina Pilawuk Wilson - 2012 | Michael Reid Gallery

Regina Pilawuk Wilson
Warrgardi (dilly bag), 2012

acrylic on canvas
200.0 x 200.0 cm

Durrmu Arts, NT, cat#659
Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay, 2013
Private Collection, Sydney

Regina Wilson is one of the founding members of the Peppimenarti community near Darwin (language group Ngangikurrungurr), and was instrumental in establishing the art centre Durrmu Arts at Peppimenarti in 2007. Wilson is a skilled weaver using an extensive array of weaving and stitching designs as taught to her by her maternal grandmother. She took up painting in the 1990s, continuing as a fine weaver of the unique string warrgarri (dilly bags) and other weavings from whose technique she has adapted her finely lined paintings

Wilson’s paintings were some of the first in indigenous art to represent the craft of weaving as contemporary art. Most representative of her styles are those based on the stich and weave of the syaw (fish net) – the net used to gather fish, prawns and other seafood, made from the pinbin vine (bush vine), stripped into fibre and woven as net.

Wilson’s work is held in significant public, private and corporate collections including The British Museum, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, and The Colin and Elizabeth Laverty Collection. Her work has been included in many significant group exhibitions including Dreaming their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC (2006).

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