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CAN is proud to announce that artist Marcelle Riley has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2017 National Self Portrait Prize.

Marcelle is one of 30 artists from around the country selected for the $50,000 invitation-only acquisitive prize, held by the University of Queensland every two years.

Marcelle’s entry Bibool Yok (Paperbark Girl) is an exquisitely crafted self-portrait doll made from eco-dyed material, recycled materials, paperbark and wire.

“I was born at Moora and spent my early childhood growing up at Mogumber Mission, also known as Moore River Settlement. All us kids spent a lot of time playing down by the river amongst the Paperbark trees. Bibbok Yok is me going back to my place of birth, Moora – Yued country,” said Marcelle.
You can check out Marcelle’s entry before it heads east to the UQ Art Museum’s Self Portrait exhibition. It will be on show at CAN’s Rekindling Stories on Country exhibition.

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