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Title

Kwatja (water) in the Finke River

2019


Artist

Rona Panangka Rubuntja

Australia

11 Jul 1970 -

Language group

Western Arrarnta, Central Desert region, Auslan


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Hermannsburg Northern Territory Australia


Date

2019


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

terracotta and underglazes


Dimensions

32.0 x 40.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Douglas Bequest Fund 2019


Accession number

199.2019.a-b


Artist information

Rona Panangka Rubuntja

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Hermannsburg

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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