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Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Guya-gu Marraanba Yinaa: One Woman Fish Net

Image: Lorraine Tye, ‘Guya-gu Marraanba Yinaa: One Woman Fish Net’, (detail), 2017.
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is proud to present the major new work by Wiradjuri artist Lorraine Tye, Guya-gu Marraanba Yinaa: One Woman Fish Net, commissioned for the Gallery’s annual installation program, The Point. Supported by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, Lorraine Tye has created a 4.5-metre high woven structure in the form of a Wiradjuri fishing net, accompanied by a school of individually woven fish.
Lorraine Tye is a Wiradjuri artist whose creative work uses basketry techniques and other fibre practises. Tye has exhibited widely in the Riverina region and beyond, and her work is on permanent display at the Museum of Riverina’s Botanic Gardens Site and the Melbourne Museum in Victoria. Lorraine Tye was one of four Aboriginal artists involved in a major public artwork in 2013 at Wagga Wagga Airport celebrating the Wiradjuri Nation, Wagga Wagga Weaving Welcome. As a member of the Hands on Weavers Inc. she contributed to Murruway-dya Waybarra Mawang: On a path weaving all together, a major community artwork installed at Wagga Wagga Marketplace in 2016.
Describing her work, Lorraine Tye has said, ‘The way I have found how to reconnect is through animals and using natural products or found objects whenever possible. I didn’t concisely choose the animal; it just came to be through the making process.’
Wiradjuri people are often known as the people of three rivers, the Wambuul (Macquarie), the Galari (Lachlan) and the Murrumbidgee. These rivers and their tributaries are the lifeline of the Wiradjuri country and people. Wiradjuri carefully managed these resources including the cultivation and sustainable harvesting of guya (fish). Wiradjuri carefully select the correct size, sex and type of fish to collect in order to manage this valuable resource. This work is based on a hand net, which enabled this process where the small fish were left to grow, and large fish were left to continue to breed. This work acknowledges the knowledge of Wiradjuri ancestors who looked after the rivers and the guya.
In creating Guya-gu Marraanba Yinaa: One Woman Fish Net, Lorraine Tye was assisted by Jonathan Jones, Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist and curator. Jonathan Jones has exhibited at venues across Australia and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. In 2016, Jones was commissioned for the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project to present barrangal dyara (skin and bones), a 20,000 square-metre sculptural installation on the site of the 19th century Garden Palace in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Jonathan Jones previously worked with Aunty Lorraine Tye and other Wiradjuri artists on the Wagga Wagga Weaving Welcome public artwork at Wagga Wagga Airport in 2013.
Guya-gu Marraanba Yinaa: One Woman Fish Net is on display in The Point at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 11 November, 2017 until Sunday 11 November, 2018. The work will be officially launched in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Yalbayarra: telling to speak on Saturday 25 November at 1pm.
For more information visit the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery website or email