This ruggedly beautiful sculptural work depicts a husband and wife sitting together, talking story. It reflects the importance of family (walytja) and happy times together in community. Mary Pan is a strong weaver and sculptor and in this piece she has captured the essence of community life and showcases the natural fibres that she finds in her desert country. This piece has a gentle quality due to the combined textures of minarri grass, feathers and wool and yet is strong in its design and positive message.
Courtesy of Tjanpi Desert Weavers
raffia, minarri (grey beard) grass, wool, emu feathers
56 x 36 x 72 cm
Judges of the 2010 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: John Kaldor AM (Principal of Kaldor Public Art Projects), Glenn Barkley (Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney) and Monica McMahon (Curator at University of Western Sydney).
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