Ninuku Arts: Walka Waru - Tjulpu by Nyanu Watson
"Tjulpu" Blown glass vessel, with design painted by Nyanu Watson of Ninuku Arts
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Walka Waru: Ninuku Kalawatjanga ungu painta
Warm Works: Ninuku painting inside glass
This collaborative project explores new materials and forms, with artists who normally paint on canvas transferring their skills to glass for the first time. The artists at Ninuku Arts, in Kalka in the far northwest of South Australia, have painted their characteristically bold and colourful designs onto glass ‘starter bubbles’, which have then been blown into larger forms by JamFactory glass artists. The resulting works present ancestral stories in a striking new medium.
Nyanu Watson grew up at Pukatja (Ernabella) in north-west South Australia, and witnessed the changes brought about when the missionaries arrived in 1937. In the early 1970s, Watson left the mission for Kalka during the Homelands movement, when the peoples from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia’s north-west border region returned to their country.
The artist is now a prominent member of the Kalka Community, and is well known for her unique depictions of local wildlife – especially the Ngintaka (Lizard), Anumara (Caterpillar), and Kakalyalya (Cockatoo) – along with her involvement in the collaborative efforts of the renowned Tjanpi Desert Weavers.
Dimensions: H 250 x Dia 230mm
Materials: Blown glass
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Handmade in Australia.