Euphemia BOSTOCK, Possum skin design Enlarge 1 /1

Euphemia BOSTOCK

Bundjalung people

Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia born 1936

Possum skin design 1990 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, screenprint on cotton

Dimensions: 329.4 h x 102.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1992
Accession No: NGA 92.208
Image rights: © Euphemia Bostock. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

Euphemia Bostock’s Possum skin design is a signature piece for this artist, one of the ten founding members of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Sydney. Bostock was inspired to create this design after viewing an incised 19th century possum skin cloak the Museum of Victoria some years before. She was struck simultaneously by the realisation that representation of material culture from south–east regions of Australia, including her own people, was scant in major public collections, and the desire to create contemporary versions drawing on her heritage.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra