Oodgeroo NOONUCCALRob PERKINSIvana PERKINS, Oysters; length of fabric Enlarge 1 /1


Noonuccal/Nunukul people

Australia 1920 – 1993


Australia born 1940


Australia born 1947

length of fabric
1980 Place made: Armadale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, screenprint on cotton

Dimensions: 312.0 h x 119.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.43

The textiles, Oysters and Leaves, have a wonderful modernist edge to them, harking back to funky 1950s interior design when everything from textiles, wallpaper, murals, place—mats and household decorative objects had an Aboriginal ‘flavour’.

Walker was one of Australia’s most acclaimed Indigenous activist, poet, writer, actor and artist for many decades until her death in 1993. Originally intended for use as doona covers commissioned by Sheridan fabrics, the clean, clear placement of oyster and leaf symbols on cool white cotton are in contrast to the dense and busy imagery of many other Indigenous textile artists.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra