Memoir
ID numberART96854
Collection typeArt
TitleMemoir
Measurementoverall: 95 x 50 cm x 6; Overall - Conservation: 953 mm x 485 mm x 125 mm
Object typeSculpture
MakerMacnamara, Shirley
Place madeAustralia: Queensland
Date made2015
Physical descriptionspinifex, emu feathers, bullock bone, horse hair, wax thread, ochre and fixative
CopyrightAWM Licensed copyright
DescriptionInspired by the commemorative events held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, "Memoir" commemorates the service of Indigenous soldiers who fought overseas and were never recognised or remembered. ‘I made this crucifix in memory of the forgotten battlegrounds where spirits of warriors remain forever; to remind us of the battles fought at home, and for those who lay in a distant land never to come home.’ [Shirley Macnamara 2015]

A weaver and painter Macnamara lives and works at Mount Guide Station, near Mount Isa, in Queensland. A self-taught artist she draws inspiration from her country in far west Queensland, using found organic materials including spinifex, ochre, bone and emu feathers to make her artworks. She uses art to talk about her culture, history and attachment to country.
LocationMain Bld: Special Exhibition Space