Shirley Macnamara: Dyinala, Nganinya


Our old people used to say Dyinala, meaning by and by; wait, have patience, all things will work out in time. Nganinya, meaning this way – for me this means making my art this way, which is my way. – Shirley Macnamara


ISBN: 9781921503979 Category:


Shirley Macnamara: Dyinala, Nganinya is the first monograph on the artist and showcases 20 years (1998-2019) of her practice, including all major works held in public and private collections. Stunning studio photography presents the beauty and diversity of her sculptures for the first time, and scholarly contributions from Diane Moon, Curator, Indigenous Fibre Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art; writer, curator and broadcaster Julie Ewington; and Professor Paul Memmott, anthropologist, architect and Director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC) at the University of Queensland reflect on the observations of nature that underpin Macnamara’s practice, as well as on her cultural background.

Additional information

Weight 670 g
Dimensions 22.5 x 26.8 cm
Publisher name Queensland Art Gallery
Publication date 1 October 2019
Number of pages 96
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Contributions by Diane Moon, Julie Ewington, and Paul Memmott
Dimensions 22.5 x 26.8 cm
Weight 670 g


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Shirley Macnamara is a mid-career Indigenous artist whose sculptures made from spinifex grass are an expression of the western Queensland country where she lives and works. Macnamara has family connections throughout Spinifex Country, a region named for the hardy, stringy grass that covers its rich soil, and she distils her rich and complex life experiences into sculptures that are not only contemporary but also honour cultural resonances from the past.