Ellen Trevorrow’s Pondi gives form to a Ngarrindjeri legend
After months of labour, the weaver has completed a giant Murray cod artwork for the SA Maritime Museum in time for National Reconciliation Week.
According to Ngarrindjeri tradition, the Lower Murray was created by the thrashing-about of Pondi, a giant cod.
As the hunter Ngurunderi chased him, Pondi’s tail carved a channel through the landscape.
The latest work by Ngarrindjeri weaver Ellen Trevorrow has given form to the legend in a big way.
She and a team of helpers have spent the past year creating Pondi: Kurri Winth-amaldi: “Murray cod, river creator”.
Using rushes gathered on the Coorong, woven around a wire frame four and a half metres long, they made a sculpture of the great fish.
Filmmaker James Baker documented the entire process in a four-part video series on behalf of the South Australian Maritime Museum.
All four videos are available to watch on YouTube.
Meanwhile, the artwork was installed at the museum – with much fanfare – last Friday.
It will hang next to the replica ketch Active II, just inside the gallery’s main entrance.
It is not the first time Ms Trevorrow has created a large-scale installation for the museum.
Her work Kondoli, the whale, was installed there for an exhibition in 2018.
The recent project was funded by a grant from Arts SA.
More information: maritime.history.sa.gov.au.
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