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Margaret Danischewsky

Yamaji Art

BORN: Jerramungup

LANGUAGE GROUP: Noongar

LIVES: Geraldton

Margaret Danischewsky (nee Gray) is a Noongar artist who comes from a small town called ‘Jerramungup’ in the south west of Western Australia. Margaret now resides in Geraldton and has been a full time artist for the past 20 years. In 1999, Margaret completed a full time course, the Advanced Certificate of Aboriginal Art & Design at Central West College of TAFE. Since then Margaret has delivered many art workshops and has participated in five exhibitions winning the 2010 Midwest Art Prize. Margaret has also travelled to many remote communities to conduct workshops as well as running her own gallery for five years. Margaret is now based in Geraldton Western Australia, where she continues to operate from a Studio at her home.

During an exhibition in Perth a piece of Margaret’s work was presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth l1 on her visit to Western Australia and is now on display at Buckingham Palace, Margaret’s work is now housed in collections in England, Germany and Japan and the Western Australian Art Gallery. Margaret is very creative with her work, she likes to explore various mediums using different marks, colours and textures that she finds in the bush and on the beach during her walks while searching for bush tucker, and each piece that Margaret creates is very different and individual from the next.

Margaret has specialized in working with textiles and sewing and has also established a reputation a highly skilled weaver using natural fibres and dyes. Margaret is constantly exploring different techniques and methods that can be incorporated into her work and each piece of work is one more step in the ever developing process of her unique art. Margaret’s work is different from many traditional Aboriginal artworks, because she has developed her own style that incorporates both contemporary and Traditional Aboriginal content that gives her artwork a clear sense of her identity and leaves a strong impression of who she is.