Nancy PETYARRUTOPIA BATIK, Three bores Enlarge 1 /1
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On display on Level 1


Anmatyerr people

Alhalkere, Northern Territory, Australia born 1934


commenced 1978


Three bores c.1983 Place made: Utopia, Central Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, batik on silk

Dimensions: 90.6 h x 190.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1984.
Accession No: NGA 84.427

The artists from Utopia community, comprised of mainly Anmatyerr and Alyawarr people, draw on traditional sites and stories for inspiration in their textile designs. This small community to the north—east of Alice Springs, has produced some of Australia’s most distinguished Indigenous artists, most significantly the late Emily Kam Kngwarray. Kngwarray, Gloria Tamerr Petyarr, and their lesser-known countrywomen, Nancy Petyarr and Nora Kemarr Moore, are all Anmatyerr people.

Gloria Tamerr Petyarr’s work No title, Nancy Petyarr’s Three bores and Nora Kemarr Moore’s Goofy bore all depict important Dreaming, or Tjukurrpa sites of the artists’ traditional country, incorporating icons of native flora and fauna in luminescent yellow and gold hues on deep brown, red and purple tableaux.

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