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Syaw (Fish Nets)

Artist: Regina Pilawuk Wilson

Medium: Acrylic on linen

H 200cm x W 200cm
H 78¾" x W 78¾"

This painting depicts a 'syaw', or fish net, traditionally woven with pinbin (bush vine) by the women and men of Peppimenarti, to capture fish and crayfish from the fresh water creeks and rivers.

Regina was born in 1948 in the Daly River region of the Northern Territory. In 2003, she won the most prestigious art award for Indigenous Australian artwork – The Telstra National Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA). Her fine work has been acquired by most major collections including The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria and The British Museum.

After attending the Contemporary Art Biennale in 2000, it was then that Regina decided to try her hand at acrylic painting. However, her roots in fiber-weaving are reflected in her painting, as she very often incorporates weaving designs and patterns onto her canvases, including designs for wupun (basket), string bags, wall mats, sun mats, and, as in the case of this particular painting, syaw, or fish nets made from bush vines.

Item No: 1090