There was a possum skin cloak under glass. It was patched together from 80 something possums. On the suede side of the cloak the maker had incised patterns. They were local mountains and rocks... a very personal topographical record.
According to Wikipedia: Possum-skin cloaks were a form of clothing worn by Aboriginal people in the south-east of Australia – present-day Victoria and New South Wales.
The beautiful photographs of people wearing their cloaks was hypnotic. My mind reeled. Textiles always have so much information in them as artifacts. These were so direct and personal.
I was lucky to visit an exhibition of India Flint's recent work a decent drive outside of Adelaide. I have always respected her work as an artist, writer and a teacher. Another very personal topographical record. Something deep and sad. (But uplifting....being in the presence of good art.)
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