Sculpture | Papa (dog) | Nancy Jackson | Tjanpi | 42 x 20 x 18cm

This gorgeous Papa (dog) sculpture has been handmade by Nancy Jackson, an artist from the remote community of Warakurna in Western Australia. Featuring wonderfully bright colouration and piercing, dazzling eyes- this is a truly special piece of First Nations art.

Weaving with fibre in this way has become a fundamental part of Central and Western desert culture and draws on the traditional practice of making manguri rings - a ring worn on the head made of grasses and cloth.  Here we see traditional weaving techniques re-framed using a mix of traditional and contemporary materials - including wool! The result is a strikingly bold and colourful sculptural piece with layers of historical significance.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is an aboriginal owned social enterprise that works with over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities across the remote Central and Western desert regions. Tjanpi artists use native grasses, wool, string, seeds and feathers to make spectacular contemporary fibre art, weaving beautiful baskets and sculptures and displaying endless creativity and inventiveness. While out collecting desert grasses, women visit sacred sights and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach their children about country.

60 x 20 x 20cm
Materials: Tjanpi (grasses) Raffia and wool
To view all the Tjanpi sculptures and baskets we have available click HERE

More about Nancy Jackson:
Nancy Nyanyana Jackson is an artist belonging to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group. She grew up travelling between rockholes with her parents, and occasionally visiting the missions at Warburton WA and Kaltukatjara (Docker River) NT. Once the community of Warakurna was established in WA in the 1970s, she moved there with her family, later marrying and raising her children.

Nyanyana still resides in Warakurna where she is a highly skilled bush woman, Senior Law Woman, businesswoman and well-respected artist. Nyanyana has exhibited her fibre artwork in String Theory at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney NSW in 2013. In addition to her fibre artwork, Nyanyana is a well-known painter, represented by Warakurna Artists, with whom she has exhibited numerous times since their inception in 2005.

Please note: measurements are approximate due to the 3D nature of Tjanpi baskets and sculptures.

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