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Lumpu Lumpu country

Daisy Andrews comes from the remote Aboriginal community at Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She was born at Cherrabun Station and belongs to the Walmajarri people. The country of Lumpu Lumpu is her ancestral terrain, but her family were already displaced when she was born. Stories about the land were narrated to Andrews by her parents and grandparents but she only visited late in life: her family riven by dispossession were too traumatised to return. Andrew's paintings, drawings and prints of Lumpu Lumpu are made as memorials to her homeland.

The tapestryLumpu Lumpu country captures the drama of the landscape with its cliffs and valleys, wildflowers and blazing red earth. The carpet of purple flowers finds a visual echo in the lavender coloured sky, and the whole image is suffused with sentiment. 'When I draw my picture I am seeing that good country in my head, looking at those sandhills, flowers, everything was very good. I think hard when I look at my country. I think how I have to paint it. I look hard, it makes me sad too, it is beautiful, good country, but it makes me sad to think about all of the old people who were living there.' [1]

Since 1991 Andrews has been an active member of the Mangkaja Arts Centre. In 1994 she was the winner of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and the Telecom Australia Prize, and in 2004 was the recipient of the BankWest Western Australia Senior of the Year Award. Andrews has exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia; National GAllery of Victoria; Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London; and Old Parliament House, Canberra. Her work appears in the collections of the National Gallery of Austraia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery and Australian National University.

This tapestry is part of the Tapestry Foundation of Australia's Embassy Collection. It is currently hanging at The Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

[1] Daisy Andrews, quoted in the Victorian Tapestry Workshop Newsletter, Vol 1, Issue 16, October 2004