Embassy Tapestry Collection

Creek bed

The artist: Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra engaged with art from an early age through family connections with esteemed artists of the Papunya Tula art movement. She began painting in her own right after the death of her husband Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, painting her father's stories from the area of Kalipinypa, located approximately 400 km west of Alice Springs. Nakamarra's practice revolves around ideas of the Dream Time and her paintings depict a wellspring of life - water sources both heavenly and subterranean.

The tapestry: The exquisite, delicate painting upon which the tapestry is based is reminiscent of the magnificent landscapes of the Western Desert and the stories of its creation. The painting has a subdued, understated palette that belies the complex painterly nature of the work. The weavers had to make many decisions with regards to the amount of painterly information to include in the interpretation. In the end, the weavers simplified Nakamarra’s brush strokes and limited their palette to 3 or 4 tones in each bobbin for the four main colours in the tapestry.

The fifth in the series of tapestries commissioned by the Tapestry Foundation of Australia for the Embassy Collection, this tapestry is on loan to the Australian Embassy in Paris. The Tapestry Foundation of Australia was acknowledged in 2008 for the Embassy Tapestry Project, winning the AbaF Giving Awards, Victorian section in conjunction with the ATW for the outstanding success of this project.