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Title

Silk

2007


Artist

Rosie Ngwarai

Australia

1926 -

Language group

Anmatyerre, Central Desert region


About

Rosie Kunoth Pwerl began working with batik on silk in the late 1970s when a series of adult education programs were held in the community of Utopia. Utopia comprises of seventeen disparate communities mostly consisting of extended Anmatyerr and Alyawarr family groups living close-by to places with which, under Aboriginal law, they have ongoing cultural connections.

Pwerl completed 'Untitled' 2007 during the Utopia batik revival workshop which was held over three months in 2007. This workshop included both experienced batik artists as well as those who were new to the medium. Pwerl's experience is clearly evident in 'Untitled' 2007, with its resolved composition, fine details and complex layering. The fluidity in the work is akin to the freedom of expression found in paintings by Emily Kam Ngwarray and reflects the ease with which more mature artists give visual form and individual expression to their inherited designs.


Details


Place where the work was made

Utopia Northern Territory Australia


Cultural origin

Anmatyerr


Date

2007


Media category

Textile


Materials used

batik on silk


Dimensions

110.0 x 210.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

286.2013


Artist information

Rosie Ngwarai

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Utopia