To the untutored eye, her dense meshes of closely packed, overlapping lines might look entirely abstract but Wilson always has a particular object in mind. On canvas, the woven forms take on a cosmic dimension, with thousands of rippling lines radiating from a central core, or spreading across a surface as a mass of broken rhythms.
Now regarded as one of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists, Wilson has won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, and had work exhibited in the US and Europe, most recently at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.
Can I afford it?
There are not many paintings in this show but each one is an exquisite, painstaking artefact. Two pictures are selling for $34,000 – Syaw (Fish Net) (200cm x 200cm, above) and Yerrdagarri (Message Stick) (200cm x 220cm). The lowest price is $12,500 for a smaller version (100cm x 120cm) of Syaw (Fish Net). It’s surprising to find that Wilson’s most expensive sale to date is just $40,000, but with the growing international interest, that record looks decidedly shaky.
Where can I have a squiz?
Vivien Anderson Gallery, 284-290 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, until September 21; vivienandersongallery.com.