Margaret Dhorrpuy lives at Dhambala homeland, approximately 5km from Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island with her husband, Richard Gandhuwuy, and their five children. Her motherland country is Rurruwuy homeland. Margaret is the Front of House Coordinator at Elcho Island Arts. Prior to working at the art centre, Margaret worked for many years as a Teacher’s Assistant at Shepherdson College in Galiwin’ku. She enjoys sharing information and stories to the regular groups of student visitors at Elcho Island Arts. Margaret has also worked at the Women’s Centre, where she learned skills in sewing, cutting and lino printing that she has expanded on at Elcho Island Arts.
Margaret weaves and makes jewellery from natural materials, having learned from her Mother as well as Mavis Ganambarr, Rosemary Gutili, Ruth Lulwarriwuy and Helen Gatjkin. Margaret enjoys working at Elcho Island Arts and learning from the other ‘good ladies’ at the art centre; Mavis Ganambarr, Judy Manany and Megan Yunupingu.
In 2011 Margaret Dhorrpuy began experimenting with contemporary painting during workshops with Sean Smith. She enjoys depicting daily life on Elcho Island, especially Pandanas collecting and hunting trips. In 2013 she began learning the skills of carving small sculptures, as well as soft sculpture weavings from fellow artist, Judy Manany.
Pandanas Collecting with the Ladies in a Blue Troopie 2013
Acrylic on canvas, 91 x 152.5 cm