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Marrawuddi - Aysha Alderson Etching

Marrawuddi - Aysha Alderson Etching

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Catalogue No 80-20-1/3

Artist - Aysha Alderson

Title -Quick Shoot Em 

Category - Edition 

Size / Medium 39 x 27cm Etching and Aquatint 


Artist Biography 

Aysha Alderson, a young Murumburr Traditional Owner of the Cooinda region in Kakadu National Park, has lived in Kakadu all her life. Daughter to senior influential and strong traditional owner, Mick Alderson (dec.) and Anna Pettersson, Aysha has grown up learning culture from her family. The Murumburr Clan group traditionally spoke the language Gagadju, which is where the word Kakadu is derived from.

Aysha’s father, Mick Alderson was instrumental in the development in what is now Kakadu’s Board of Management, Gagadju Association and establishing the Yellow Water Cruises as well as the Crocodile Hotel. Mick’s father was Yorky Billy the famous buffalo hunter and his mother was Minnie (Kabbindi), a Marrirn woman. Mick married Anna, and had four children, William, Frear, Jordon and Aysha. Mick sadly passed away when Aysh was three. One of Mick’s most important legacies was ensuring tourist access to specific sites within Kakadu National Park was consulted and achieved in a culturally sensitive manner, that maintained the integrity and significance of the sites.

Aysha’s artistic influence has come from her surroundings and her love for river systems. In 2017 Aysha started work with Marrawuddi Arts (then Gallery) as an arts worker. Through print workshops facilitated by Marrawuddi in collaboration Andrew Blake and Anna- Jane Lark, Aysha developed a keen interest in printmaking, particularly experimenting with inks. In early 2021, Aysha’s work was noticed by clothing label North and who asked her to contribute an artwork to their 2021 collection to be released in August.

Aysha’s keen interest in hunting and fishing on country, transcribes through her print making and experimental ink works. Representing weather systems, the stone country and river ways throughout Kakadu. Aysha also experiments in storytelling through printmaking by portraying tongue in cheek, every-day events of her family and friends’ hunting culture.


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