When I returned to Brisbane’s GOMA modern art gallery a year later, every display was different. Most impressive to me were the New Guinea Asmat weavers. The weavers secretly created masks using ornaments to link their sculptures to a deceased person.
One wall was dedicated to head pieces. Ceremonial dhoeri were made from cane, bamboo, string with natural pigments, shells, seeds, bees wax as well as feathers from eagles, cassowary and heron.
Rose Ware’s textile print depicted the many shipwrecks that occurred in the Torres Straight’s treacherous waters. Desperate seamen were lured by warriors who then beheaded them.