Sculpture | Papa (dog) | Rosalie Richards | Tjanpi | 38 x 16 x 12cm

This completely charming dog sculpture has been handmade by Rosalie Richards, a Ngaanyatjarra artist from the remote community of Wanarn and Warakurna, Western Australia. Featuring the the sweetest pricked up ears and wonderful textural elements, 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.

38 x 16 x 12cm
Materials: Tjanpi (grasses) Raffia and wool
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More about Rosalie Richards:
Rosalie was born near Lake Throssell (WA) and lives between Wanarn and Warakurna. Rosalie is an emerging artist and is surrounded by family who also make Tjanpi - Judith Chambers, Dianne Golding, Dorcas Bennett and Martha Ward. The ladies support one another through teaching and sharing weaving skills amongst the group. Rosalie has been learning to make sculptural works, notably dogs, echidnas and lizards.

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

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