Thanakwithi woman, Marsha Hall, has always been artistic and creative but art was never something this young woman from Napranum ever thought she could rely on as a profession. Much has changed since then as Marsha has explored new techniques and mediums to produce some creative and unique pieces of art.
Inspired by the five clan groups of the Weipa region, Marsha’s work adopts an abstract angle.
In the past, animals from the Western Cape were the main sources of iconography in Marsha’s work, where they were encapsulated in all their essence by her sharp eye and attention to detail. Marsha’s designs have been commissioned for metal wear, educational learning materials and costumes for dance ensembles.
Her latest works utilise a new contemporary colour scheme, much different to her previous traditional natural ochre hues. Marsha’s style has recently taken on a subtle freedom of expression that is contemporary and unrestricted, with a softer colour scheme and a more flowing hand.
Marsha has exhibited at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, CIAF since 2012 and was part of Ground Exhibition at Cairns Regional Gallery and Wollongabba Gallery in Brisbane.
Main image credit: Wei’num artist Marsha Hall. Image: Wei’num Arts