RIVERLAND: YVONNE KOOLMATRIE
Sitting as a highlight exhibition within TARNANTHI at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Riverland: Yvonne Koolmatrie presents the 30-year career of this significant Ngarrindjeri artist. Koolmatrie’s elegant woven forms are created using the labour-intensive process of hand-harvesting river sedge from the banks of the Murray River. Embedded in the traditions of Ngarrindjeri culture and in the words of Hetti Perkins ‘animated by her boundless imagination’, Koolmatrie’s woven forms are the equilibrium of tradition and innovation.
This is the first comprehensive survey of Yvonne Koolmatrie’s work and was curated by Hetti Perkins, Jonathan Jones and Nici Cumpston in close consultation with the artist.
Image: Yvonne Koolmatrie, Ngarrindjeri people, South Australia, Shrimp scoop, 2015, spiny-headed sedge (Cyperus gymnocaulos); Acquisition through TARNANTHI | Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art supported by BHP Billiton 2015, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Courtesy the artist and Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney, photo: Jenni Carter.