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Vivienne PENGILLEY

Great Britain born 1944

  • to Australia 1970

Tapestry lady bird (Triantiwontigong) c 1976 Place made: Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, various fabrics, wire frame, synthetic polymer filling

Primary Insc: 3.1982.246
Dimensions: 41.5 h x 103.0 w x 223.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the Philip Morris Arts Grant 1982.
Accession No: NGA 83.1624

Imagine this giant mythical bird flying above you. Vivienne Pengilley’s Tapestry lady bird (Triantiwontigong) is made from discarded bits and pieces of fabric collected by the artist over many years. The artist enjoyed creating new and wondrous forms from recycled materials.

Have you heard the word,Triantiwontigong before? The Australian poet, C.J. Dennis wrote about an amazing, magical creature  that was hard to find and had many strange habits.

Activity: Write your own poem about this magical creature- you might think of another name for the Triantiwontigong. You might also try and find the poem written by C.J. Dennis.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra