Angkuna KULYURU, Untitled Enlarge 1 /1


Pitjantjatjara people

Wamitjara, Western Desert, South Australia, Australia born 1943

Untitled c. 1989 Place made: Ernabella, Central Desert, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, batik on silk satin

Dimensions: maximum 338.00 h x 111.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2006
Accession No: NGA 2006.288.1
Image rights: © Angkuna Kulyuru. Licensed by Viscopy

In 1937 the Presbyterian Church established a mission at Ernabella in Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands in the north-west of South Australia. In 1948 a craft room was set up to help with employment of Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara women, who turned their wool-spinning skills to making rugs, throws, bags and outfits decorated with their unique walka or designs. It was, in fact, the very first Aboriginal community art centre. In 1971 the women were introduced to the art of batik, which they embraced wholeheartedly and incorporated into their repertoire. Although batik, a water-dependent art practice, may seem an odd choice in a desert community, Ernabella batik has flourished into one of the most recognisable and collected Aboriginal art forms today.

Angkuna Kulyuru is a batik artist whose distinct leaf-shaped walka saturates Untitled, running centrally along the cloth. The structure and composition of the batik is exquisitely detailed, with mirrored designs of red, white and brown tear-drop shapes and complementary white walka designs closing the ends of the batik. The long brown scalloped edge contrasts with the opposing delicate white speckle border. Although the designs do not relate to a specific story, they allude to details of the landscape and the diversity of native flora.

Tina Baum

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Franchesca Cubillo and Wally Caruana (eds) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art: collection highlights National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2010

昂库娜·库柳鲁 (Angkuna Kulyuru)
最大338.00 (高) x 111.5 (宽)厘米
收录号:NGA 2006.288.1

1937年,基督教长老会在南澳大利亚西北阿南古皮尖加加拉(Anangu Pitjantjatjara)地区的尔那贝拉(Ernabella)建立了布道所。1948年创办的工艺室帮助解决皮尖加加拉和盐库里加加拉(Yankunytjatjara)部落妇女的生计问题,她们将自己的羊毛纺纱技术用于编织图案独特的小地毯、毛毯、包和服装。实际上,这正是第一个土著社区艺术中心。1971年,这些妇女接触到蜡染艺术,深得她们喜欢并成为其拿手好戏。蜡染是离不开水的艺术实践,对于沙漠社区来说,虽然这一选择可能显得有些奇怪,但尔那贝拉蜡染发展迅猛,并成为今天倍受追捧并被广泛收藏的土著艺术形式之一。


Tina Baum

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra