Picnic Story by Dawn Wheeler Ngala of Hermannsburg Potters for Tarnanthi exhibition Yia Ngkarrama (Telling Stories)
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Dawn was born in 1953 in Hermannsburg. She is the daughter of Pastor Peter Buller, a Lutheran missionary of whom she has fond memories of, and recalls learning to make music sticks from him. Dawn lives with her family at their outstation near Ntaria – Rrirrkathathaka (Red Sand Hill).
Dawn draws on the landscape around her, her love of her father’s country, who’s memory has inspired her to maintain links to her Luritja hertiage through her art practice. Dawn is a precise and methodical potter, and her sytle has been noted for her considered figurative story telling.
ABOUT THE GROUP:
The Hermannsburg Potters are a dedicated group of Western Arrarnta artists creating vibrant handmade ceramic pots that encompass collective and individually lived histories in their distinct Country.
The Hermannsburg artists continue a 30-year legacy, sculpting and painting their visual histories and contemporary settings, speaking to their cultural beliefs, traditions and values.
Each artist works with a high level of skill in both hand-building pottery and watercolour-style landscape painting. These dynamic skills allow the artworks to evolve into individual depictions of the artist’s love for the local wildlife, memories of Country, community and traditions, as well as elements of contemporary life.
The vibrant and unique forms are made from terracotta clay working with the hand coil-pinch technique and finally painted with ceramic underglaze. The senior artists work with a style of painting reminiscent of Albert Namatjira, whose legacy continues to inspire the local community and its artists. This playful combination of mediums creates distinct work which had been widely exhibited and collected in Australia and overseas.
The pottery continues today with four longstanding, founding members who are currently mentoring more than 12 emerging artists to continue their work at the Art Centre.The Hermannsburg Potters support the local artists and their families, fostering the growing local economy of Hermannsburg.
Dimensions: H 200 x Dia 130
Material: Decorated Terracotta
Yia Ngkarrama (Telling Stories) is an exhibition that runs from 4 September - 28 November 2021, on display at the Adelaide Railway Station. Any sold work will be sent, or available to collect, after this finishing date.
Due to the handmade nature of the products dimensions may vary on individual pieces.
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Handmade in Australia.