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Hamilton, New Zealand born 1953

  • to Adelaide, Australia in 1959

Ban An Arigars 1978 Description: four pieces
Place made: Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, painted cotton, leather, acrylic zippers Acknowledgement: Gift of Daniel Thomas 1978.
Accession No: NGA 78.1160.A-D

Look at these colourful creatures slowly emerging from their yellow leather pods. The pods resemble sleeping bags. How do you feel when you are snuggled up in your sleeping bag? You might like to practice emerging from your sleeping bag like these small creatures.

Think about the title of this work of art. Dorothy Thompson is being humorous. Can you work out what piece of fruit she is referring to and how this relates to the objects? Notice how their zippers are open at different stages to help us see the process of their development. What do you think the creatures are?

Activity: Can you make a cocoon out of interesting materials?

HINT-you could use the husks of a cob of corn to make your cocoon, or coloured tissue paper and cotton thread to make your creature.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra