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'Waabigu Maragalgaa' neckpieces by Penny Evans

    ‘These pieces speak to Yarraan, our magnificent Red Gums who line our riverbanks and surround the waterhole near where my Waabi-galgaa or grandmothers were born. They are like limbs or fingers and wear their scars as the eucalypts and grandmothers do.  Some of their scars are filled with resin-like pooling glazes depicting the dhani or Red Gum which can be boiled to treat dysentery or rubbed into sores to heal them. The smaller black beads are the grubs who live in the roots and bark and are a …


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    Object Statement

    Neckpieces (2), 'Waabigu Maragalgaa', white clay / iron oxide / pooling glaze / black slip / black raffia / emu feathers / native hibiscus string, designed and made by Penny Evans, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, 2021

    Physical Description

    Two neckpieces, each featuring a string with multiple pieces of ceramicware hanging off emu string.



    Penny Evans is a tactile and emotive artist who allows the mediums she works with and her body to lead the process. Her use of clay is one that is meditative and self-reflective. She uses whatever techniques she feels the work needs. Her body acts as a conduit to work through history so she can better understand her present. It is touch, memory and story combining. The techniques and processes are secondary to her psychological process. Penny uses her practice to gently hold memories and tease the stories out of her body. By awakening and allowing this to flow through her she honours the stories that made her. Her primary intent is to know herself and tell her story and that of her ancestors.

    Artwork commissioned by the Powerhouse Museum for display in the Eucalyptusdom exhibition



    The history of the objects Penny creates starts with a story from an ancestor or from her own life. In this case it is the story of the Red Gum and how the women in her linage are connected to it. The mediums she uses are secondary to the story telling having mainly symbolic purpose that is imbued with her emotive transitions as she works.


    Credit Line

    Purchased 2022

    Acquisition Date

    29 June 2022

    Cite this Object


    'Waabigu Maragalgaa' neckpieces by Penny Evans 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 February 2023, <>


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