Featured Tapestries

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Kungkarrakalpa (The Seven Sisters)

This tapestry, based on a painting by Anmanari Brown, tells the story of the Kungkarrakalpa, or The Seven Sisters. The artist almost always paints the Kungkarrakalpa as she is intimately connected to the land and its stories.

Anmanari Brown was born at Purpurna in the 1930s and is culturally associated with the Pitjantjatjara people of the Northern Territory. She initially grew up in the desert before kartiya (non-Aboriginal people) came to the lands, and eventually settled at Warburton mission in Western Australia. She currently lives in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia, painting with the Papulankutja Artists.

Like many of the senior artists, in addition to painting, the artist works in other art forms especially punu (carving of utilitarian and sacred objects), weaving tjanpi baskets and inma. Her work is in many important public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and Queensland Art Gallery.

In creating the painting, the artist found herself running out of space before her story was complete. And so she kept on painting, in some cases covering existing images. This created complex colours, with the background colours showing through to the front in some places.

In translating the image to a larger scale, the weavers faced the challenge of capturing the textures and colours of the painting, which was generously loaned to the Workshop by Vivien Anderson Gallery. They have succeeded in making a tapestry that is painterly while still simple and powerful.