Melody Wood is the niece (korlonj, brother’s daughter) of Ganbaladj Nabegeyo, a community leader and master weaver in Gunbalanya. Under Ganbaladj’s tutelage, she has stepped up to become a master weaver in her own right.
Melody’s practice centres on pandanus sculpture. These are two dimensional works depicting ancestral beings and animals of Western Arnhem Land, the shapes constructed from a frame of water vines filled in with knotted pandanus.
Her work is characterised by tight weaving, inventive forms and bright colours, the vine-framed cells almost reminiscent of stained glass.
She sometimes produces collaborative works with her aunt.