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Title

Bird with wings

2015

Artist

Rhonda Sharpe

Australia

08 Jan 1977 –

Language group: Luritja, Central Desert region

Alternate image of Bird with wings by Rhonda Sharpe
Alternate image of Bird with wings by Rhonda Sharpe
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Alice Springs Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Luritja/Central Desert region
    Date
    2015
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Dimensions
    44.0 x 33.5 x 13.0 cm 51.0 x 33.5 x 13.0 cm including stand
    Signature & date

    not signed, not dated

    Credit
    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2015
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    250.2015
    Copyright
    © Rhonda Sharpe, courtesy Yarrenyty Arltere Artists

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  • About

    Rhonda Sharpe is renowned for her paintings that capture the vibrancy of her experience living in Larrapinta Valley. However in recent years, Sharpe has attracted wide acclaim for her soft whimsical sculptures and print making. As Rhonda’s confidence as an artist grows so too does her subject matter. Rhonda excels at producing characters that reflect her life and experiences of living in Alice Springs, such as birds, human figures, self portraits and even extraterrestrial beings.

    She works with the art centre Yarrenyty Arltere, which is located in Larapinta Valley Town Camp in Alice Springs, the centre works with Western Arrernte and Luritja artists. Central to the practice of the artists working at the centre is soft sculptures, which are crafted from recycled woollen blankets dyed with local plants and rusted pieces of metal. The blankets are then used as the base material to create unique and innovative sculptures. With the addition of embellished details such as feathers, beads and intricate stitching, these sculptures transcend the modest materials that they are created with.

    The diversity of practice within the Yarrenyty Arltere art centre includes animation and short films. Using this cinematic awareness, Sharpe sculpts her characters with an anticipation of movement, 'Bird with wings' 2015 is poised in preparation for flight.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Alice Springs

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

    • Making art/ making life, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Waterloo, 11 Jul 2015–01 Aug 2015

    • The Lady and the Unicorn, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Feb 2018–24 Jun 2018

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