MIRDIDINGKINGATHI JUWARNDA SALLY GABORI - KAIADILT EYES - THE ART OF SEEING
Born circa 1924 on Bentinck Island, Queensland, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori only came to painting in 2005, but was immediately recognised as an artist of breathtaking instinct, unabashed passion and drive. Her immediate love of paint and the full spectrum of colour offered to her, triggered an outpouring of ideas including depicting her country and her ancestral stories. Whilst her works could immediately be recognised as abstraction, her fascination with colour seems as significant as the content itself. A closer look, the island country, colour and mind’s eye combine to impart to the viewer a real and intimate sense of who Sally Gabori was and where she was from.
Sally Gabori passed away peacefully in February 2015. The Queensland Art Gallery honoured her career with a highly acclaimed survey exhibition and publication Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Land of All - 21 May – 28 August, 2016 which travelled to the National Gallery of Victoria from the 23 September 2016 – 21 January 2017. Collectors and art lovers’ worldwide have marvelled at her paintings over a short ten-year career. Her story is remarkable; despite the lack of pre-existing artistic conventions among Bentinck Islanders, she painted a non-derivative style of her world through her Kaiadilt eyes.
– Beverly Knight
Director, Alcaston Gallery