Tote Bag Sally Gabori


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The NGV design store have collaborated with local makers Home-Work to produce the tote and drawstring bag which have been proudly printed and made in Melbourne.

The late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori is a singular artist, bold of brushstroke and palette. She was born in 1924 at Mirdidingki on Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, where she lived undisturbed by Europeans until 1948. At this time, Gabori and the entire Kaiadilt population of the tiny island were evacuated to Mornington Island mission.

In 2005 Gabori created her first paintings in bright primary colours on canvas. She immediately identified with the acrylic medium, and the process of painting prompted an outpouring on successively larger surfaces of ideas and sensations of story places dormant in her mind’s eye. Gabori’s Dibirdibi Country, 2008 represents her husband’s place, which is distinguished by large saltpans, iron stone ridges and malbaa (long grass) plains.

 Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Gabori

Kaiadilt c.1924–2015
Dibirdibi country 2008 
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
197.8 x 303.7 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, NGV Supporters of Indigenous Art, 2010
© courtesy of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Mornington Island Art, Qld & Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne