Regina Pilawuk Wilson is a skilled weaver and painter, and one of the founding members of the Peppimenarti community near Darwin, Australia (language group Ngangikurrungurr).
Wilson’s paintings were some of the first in Indigenous art to represent the craft of weaving as contemporary art. Most recently her work was included in Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, a significant exhibition which toured the USA and Canada across 2016 to 2019.
Wilson’s paintings are often based on the stitch 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 a net. This practice extends upon the extensive array of weaving and stitching designs 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 played an instrumental role in establishing Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation at Peppimenarti in 2007, where she continues to lead a team of talented emerging and established artists.
Her work has also been exhibited in: Everywhen, Harvard Art Museums, USA; String Theory, Museum of Contemporary Art, NSW; the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Art and Indigenous Art; Moving Backwards into the Future, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and Dreaming their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC. In 2003 she was awarded the Telstra National Indigenous Art Award for painting. Her 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.
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