This sculpture was created at a Tjanpi Desert artists' camp held in May 2011. The workshop took place near Irrunytju (Wingellina) in Western Australia where a group of Ngaanyatjarra women came together on country, singing and dancing as they sculpted and wove. The women keep culture strong as they create beautiful, intricate, whimsical fibre artworks.
For this sculpture, Janet used minarri grass collected out on country to create the shape of the papa, then used wool and raffia to bind the sculpture, incorporating the emu feathers as she worked.
Courtesy of Tjanpi Desert Weavers
raffia, minarri grass, wool, emu feathers
18 x 80 x 29 cm
Judges of the 2011 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Dr Gene Sherman AM (Executive Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation) and Professor Ted Snell AM (Chair of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council).
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