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Damning the Molonglo

  • Owner:
    Private Collection
  • Location:
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Maker:
    Alison Muir
  • Pattern:
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 77 cm
    Width: 185 cm


Past Aboriginals living in the area now known as The Australian Capital Territory are thought to be the Ngan Girra and to have spoken in the Ngunnawal language. Aboriginal tenure on land is custodial and is based on respecting and maintaining the elements of the land and its spirituality for both the current and the future inhabitants.
In contrast Western tenure allows alteration of the environment to meet the immediate desires of the current inhabitants. Thus the riverbed and flood plain that evolved slowly to become what we call the Molonglo have been dammed to form a lake and an aesthetic backdrop for Canberra.
The Waterway is a metaphor for the two cultures passing in this landscape.
Exhibitions: Art Quilt Australia 2013 at Craft ACT gallery November 2013, Canberra
‘Artists of Mosman’ 2017 at Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

Publications: Art Quilt Australia 2013 ISBN 9781740883795;
SAQA Portfolio 21


Materials: tissue paper, cotton
Techniques: hand dyed, machine stitched, hand paint


Andy Payne, Photographix

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