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Title

Kwatja (water) in the Finke River

2019

Artist

Alternate image of Kwatja (water) in the Finke River by Rona Panangka Rubuntja
Alternate image of Kwatja (water) in the Finke River by Rona Panangka Rubuntja
Alternate image of Kwatja (water) in the Finke River by Rona Panangka Rubuntja
Alternate image of Kwatja (water) in the Finke River by Rona Panangka Rubuntja
Alternate image of Kwatja (water) in the Finke River by Rona Panangka Rubuntja
Alternate image of Kwatja (water) in the Finke River by Rona Panangka Rubuntja
Alternate image of Kwatja (water) in the Finke River by Rona Panangka Rubuntja
Alternate image of Kwatja (water) in the Finke River by Rona Panangka Rubuntja
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Hermannsburg Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Western Arrernte/Central Desert region, Auslan/Central Desert region
    Date
    2019
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    underglazes on terracotta
    Dimensions
    40.0 x 32.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Mollie Douglas Bequest Fund 2019
    Location
    Modern gallery
    Accession number
    199.2019.a-b
    Copyright
    © Rona Panangka Rubuntja

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    Artist information
    Rona Panangka Rubuntja

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Rona Panangka Rubuntja has a vibrant personality and this infiltrates her practice in the form of humour. Many of her works draw on aspects of storytelling, allowing Runbuntja to share her culture with a wide audience in exciting and imaginative form. In Kwatja (water) in the Finke River 2019 Rubuntja remembers the Finke River flowing with Toyota’s crossing the waters while a boy waves at them; kids playing in the river; and, her Aunty Olga Inkamala making damper, cooking eggs and sausages. Her Aunty takes pride of place as the hero subject on top of the pot, making food over the fire while the billy boils water for tea.

    Rona was shortlisted for the prestigious Indigenous Ceramic Art Award at Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria, in 2008, 2011 and 2014, and was awarded first runner-up in 2008. Her works are held in national and international collections, including Art Gallery of South Australia; Australian Parliament House Art Collection; Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory; National Gallery of Australia; and National Gallery of Victoria.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Hermannsburg

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Joy, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Oct 2020–21 Feb 2021

    • Matisse Alive, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Oct 2021–03 Apr 2022

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