Carlene Thompson: Carlene's Mamu - Spirit Figures
Carlene's Mamu - Spirit Figures (790C-22) by Carlene Thompson of Ernabella Arts.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Carlene is a senior artist and senior woman in the Ernabella community. At various times she has sat on the Board of the Ernabella Art Centre and was the Chair for several years.
Carlene met her husband, Kunmanara (Kawaki) Thompson OAM, at De Rose Hill, and they were married there. Her late husband was a highly regarded senior Pitjantjatjara man who was a major figure in the Land Rights Movement. Carlene and her husband had one son and five daughters, three of whom also work at the art centre.
Carlene started painting at the art centre in 2007 and quickly developed a very individual style. In 2009 Carlene began to concentrate on ceramics. Her work is contemporary while being based on Country and the creation being of her family's country, the kalaya (emu).
Carlene's art has been shown in many exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Carlene has been a finalist in the NATSIA Awards three times. In 2019 Carlene had her first solo show Kalaya Ngura- Emu Country at Alcaston Gallery in Victoria, and in 2021 her first solo exhibition at Sabbia Gallery in Sydney.
THIS PIECE IS ON DISPLAY AS PART OF THE TARNANTHI 2023 EXHIBITION ERNABELLA ARTS: CERAMIC WARKA WIRU 20 YEARS-KUTU (20 YEARS OF CREATING CERAMICS).
THE EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL DECEMBER 3rd, 2023. ANY SOLD WORK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION OR DELIVERY IN THE WEEKS FOLLOWING THIS DATE.
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Dimensions: 350 x 270 x 270mm
ABOUT THE ART CENTRE:
Established in 1948, Ernabella Arts is Australia’s oldest, continuously running Indigenous Art Centre. Ernabella Arts is in Pukatja Community, at the eastern end of the Musgrave Ranges in the far north west of South Australia. Pukatja was the first permanent settlement on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands).
In recent years, long after commencing working as artists, senior women decided to leave behind the walka (design) of the early days and to depict their Tjukurpa (sacred stories of country and law). Today the centre is a varied group of artists, and a mix of young and old, men and women, working in several different mediums. The members of Ernabella Arts are always reinvigorating their centre, seeing it through its evolution from the first incarnation as a craft room, into a culturally strong contemporary art centre.
Ernabella Arts is an Aboriginal owned and run corporation which promotes and supports ethical practice in the creation and sale of Indigenous art.
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