This work made by Ungakini represents an ancestral figure. The artist says, "This is a sad story about Echidna woman. Echidna woman was sitting by herself at her home, when many men came along and saw her sitting there all alone and unprotected. They speared her and left her to die. This happened just east of Ernabella, near where the airstrip is now." In this small work Ungakini has exploited the animated qualities of the materials she has used to great effect, creating a poignant and endearing piece.
Courtesy of Tjanpi Desert Weavers
bush dyed raffia, handspun sheep wool, fleece
36 x 13 x 11 cm
Judges of the 2008 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Edmund Capon AM OBE (Director of Art Gallery of NSW) and Deborah Edwards (Senior Curator of Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW).
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