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Marking the Infinite

Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia


$12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for visitors 18 and under

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Exhibition curator Henry Skerritt and Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann introduce the exhibition

Regina Pilawik Wilson Mural at The Phillips Collection

Mural by Regina Pilawuk Wilson

In May 2018, Regina Pilawuk Wilson (b. 1948, Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia) visited the Phillips to paint two murals in the museum’s courtyard—the first murals painted by an Aboriginal Australian woman in the US. Special thanks to the Paula Ballo Dailey Memorial Fund and Dennis and Debra Scholl for making the murals possible. Mural assistants Mike Guy and Rodrigo Carazas.

Nangi/Yerrdagarri (Traveling Message Stick), 2018
Yerrdagarri are a form of communication used until the mid-1900s between Aboriginal communities and clans in the Northern Territory of Australia and beyond. Regina Pilawuk Wilson recalls young men arriving from afar with message sticks to announce ceremonies, funerals, and war when she was a child. Each morning they would put a line on the stick to keep track of how many days they had been away. Sometimes the men would travel for years at a time to send a message before returning to their community. Wilson paints these message sticks to share and pass down the traditions of her people.

Fi (String Game), 2018
Fi was a past time of the people in the Daly River/Peppimenarti region. The string was made from rolled sand palm and the games were taught by the older women to children as a way of having fun and sharing stories. The black string represents the long-necked turtle, the red rectangle represents the arriving storm cloud, and the grey vertical shape shows the long spears that were used for fighting and hunting animals.


This exhibition is presented by Chevron.

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Generous support is provided by Andrea and Steve Strawn and by U.S. Trust and the Embassy of Australia.   

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Additional support for the presentation at The Phillips Collection is provided by Dennis and Debra Scholl, Charles McKittrick, Jr., and from the Paula Ballo Dailey Memorial Fund.

In-kind support is provided by 

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Marking the Infinite originated at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, and was organized by William Fox, Director, Center for Art and Environment, and curated by Henry Skerritt, Curator, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. The works in the exhibition are drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl.