Inspired by the bi-plane of Janet Watson and by a ballooning competition in Mildura, Yvonne Koolmatrie’s sculptures of those flying objects have become her trademark.
Her bi-plane and hot-air balloon are like an invitation to travel through aboriginal weaving traditions. The fiber sculptures of the 71 years old artist are exhibited in the ‘Indeginous Australian Objects and Representations’ section of Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.
Located in the center of the exhibition, the two sculptures distinguish themselves from the Crocodile of Bob Burruwal, the Yawkyawk (female water spirit) of Marina Murdilnga and the other baskets, traps, and mats. Unlike the other exhibited artists, Yvonne Koolmatrie uses traditional weaving techniques to elaborate modern and aesthetic objects.
Not surprisingly considered as one Australian most important weaver, Yvonne Koolmatrie has ‘an inherent gracefulness and balance’ as the curator Hettie Perkins said when he selected her as a participant of the exhibition ‘fluent’ that was shown at the 1997 Venice Biennale.
It’s amazing what we can do with some sedge grass and river rushes!