Gain an insight into Sally Gabori’s painting technique


Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori’s instinct for colour and composition approaches abstraction while conveying a deep connection to her important places and family. We continue our series on her work by profiling this painting table on which she painted many of her smaller works.

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Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Kaiadilt people, Australia c.1924–2015 / Painting table / Tabletop and paintbrush with synthetic polymer paint / Collection: Beverly and Anthony Knight, OAM / © Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori. Licensed by Viscopy

This is the tabletop on which Sally Gabori painted many of her smaller works. Her large-scale works were painted against the eastern wall of the art centre on Mornington Island, facing toward her country. The tabletop gives an insight into the way Gabori worked, its texture revealing the way she mixed wet paints together on the surface of the canvas and pushed excess paint over the edges.

Accompanying the table is a soundtrack of Gabori singing a Kaiadilt song about her brother Makarrkingathi Dingkarringathi Thuwathu Bijarrb (King Alfred), recorded by Professor Nicholas Evans, Australian National University and courtesy of Dr Erich Round, University of Queensland.

When Gabori painted, she often laughed and sang, reminiscing about the people and places she was painting. When she was reunited with her works in art galleries she would sing to them, reaffirming the links between the paintings and the places and people connected to them through Kayardild language and song.

READ OUR SERIES on Sally Gabori

You can experience this installation in ‘Dulka Warngiid – Land of all’ until 28 August before our exhibition opens at the National Gallery of Victoria from 23 September 2016

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US. When Sally Gabori painted she liked to sing, what environment do you like to create in?

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid – Land of all
Only until 28 August 2016 | QAG | Free
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