Ceremony

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Andrew Snelgar
Various works

Creation date: 2021 Location: Gallery 12
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Andrew Snelgar, Ngemba people, Shield—Yah-rah-gerri (Sunrise); Shield—Wadjarr (Earth); Shield—Mikki-Wati (Tree struck by lightning); Shield—Winnarr Marthi Ga (Many powerful women); Shield—Maatham-marra (Good way; Shield—Guung-Manduwary (Follow the water); Shield—Ngurra (Home); Shield—Thinna-gul (Foot track); Shield—Warr-way-ngurra (Snake home); Shield—Baa (Place); Boomerang—Burrigal; Boomerang—Barrgan; Boomerang—Waygarrgaa Gu Gurrul-min Gu Gupug (Power on this earth); Club—Gotera; and Piti (Dish), 2021, commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra for the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony. Purchased 2022.


Artist Andrew Snelgar on his works in Ceremony

I've really always felt a strong connection to this place. And I'm guided a lot by the Country and by the environment.

And I still believe that there's a lot of song in Country, those songs and stories are still there, and if you listen you can hear them. And that's what I try to listen for, and I try and get a good sense of that area that I'm in and the song that's attached to it.

I think it's important to continue to make items and artworks from Country, because it captures that song, I think. That song in the trees or in the rocks.

That's our old people, that's our that's our ancestors, you know, that's their language. So, for me, that's an important part of my practice. And there is a real ceremony around that.

My designs are inspired by the places that I go to and the Country that I visit. The traditional designs and patterns were handed down to me by different people. When I make the objects, I’m guided a lot by the Country and by the environment. And I believe that there’s still a lot of song in Country. It’s been taken away, or they’ve tried to take it away through dispossession of land and peoples, but those songs and stories are still there. And if you listen, you can hear them. That’s what I try to listen for. I try and get a good sense of that area that I’m in, whatever Country it is, and the song that’s attached to it. And then, by extension, the song is attached to the items that come from that land.

— Andrew Snelgar, 2021