Our old people used to say Dyinala, meaning by and by; wait, have patience, all things will work out in time. Nganinya, meaning this way - for me this means making my art this way, which is my way. - Shirley Macnamara
Shirley Macnamara is a mid-career Indigenous artist whose sculptures made from spinifex grass are an expression of the western Queensland country where she lives and works. Macnamara has family connections throughout Spinifex Country, a region named for the hardy, stringy grass that covers its rich soil, and she distils her rich and complex life experiences into sculptures that are not only contemporary but also honour cultural resonances from the past.