Yvonne Koolmatrie: Eel Traps

07 August – 06 September 2009

Yvonne Koolmatrie has lived all her life in Ngarrindjeri country, which ranges from the Coorong, a wetland wilderness at the mouth of the Murray River upstream to the present-day farming communities of South Australia's lower Murray Riverland.

The subtle scent, form and hue of Koolmatrie's Eel traps, elegantly woven from native grasses, palpably evoke the environment of the Murray River. However, as that great river is threatened, so too are the sedge grasses themselves, and Koolmatrie's way of life.

Exhibition catalogue (PDF file, 983kb) (opens in a new window)