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Kerry GILES (Kerwingie)

Ngarrindjeri people

Australia 1959 – 1997

The Piece 1993 Place made: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, linocut and screenprint, handpainted on cotton

Dimensions: 145.0 h x 670.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1994
Accession No: NGA 94.1078

In 1993 Giles produced The Piece – a horizontal length of fabric comprising linocut and screen-printed stencils overlaying hand painted cotton, which was created at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.

The artist stated: ‘my designs are inspired by the environment on the Murray River and the Coorong, to draw attention to the [native] flora and fauna that is slowly but surely becoming extinct [through environmental degradation]’.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra