Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia


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Marking the Infinite features the works of Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.  Hailing from remote areas across the island continent, these nine artists are revered matriarchs, commanding leadership roles and using art to empower their respective communities. Their works offer a glimpse into the diverse contemporary art practice of Aboriginal Australia, with subject matter ranging from remote celestial bodies and the native bush plum’s tiny flowers to venerable crafts traditions and women’s ceremonies. Every mark bears testament to natural and cosmological cycles. They are marks upon the infinite, asserting our shared humanity and differences in experiencing and valuing the same planet.

This exhibition, drawn from the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, originated at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, where it was organized by William Fox, Director, Center for Art and Environment, and Henry Skerritt, Curator, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. At the Frost Art Museum, it was coordinated by Klaudio Rodriguez, Curator and Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, Director.

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