DETAIL: Mary MARABAMBA Fish trap No 27 #3017-01 2001 jungle vine, bush string Purchased 2002
 
Gloria Tamerr PETYARR | No title

 
PETYARR, Gloria Tamerr
Australia 1938
UTOPIA BATIK
1978
No title
[Fabric length]
c.1983
Decorative Art
Textile
batik on silk
183.5 (h) x 89.2 (w) cm
inscribed on: 1. printed Utopia label, pinned to fabric, pen and ink "1961 GLORIA/PITJARA/PURE SILK";
and 2. on white sticky label on printed Utopia label pinned to fabric, blue ballpoint pen "3006"
Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1984.
NGA 1984.429
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The artists from Utopia community, comprised of mainly Anmatyerr and Alyawarr people, draw on traditional sites and stories for inspiration in their textile designs. This small community to the north—east of Alice Springs, has produced some of Australia’s most distinguished Indigenous artists, most significantly the late Emily Kam Kngwarray. Kngwarray, Gloria Tamerr Petyarr, and their lesser-known countrywomen, Nancy Petyarr and Nora Kemarr Moore, are all Anmatyerr people.

Gloria Tamerr Petyarr’s work No title, Nancy Petyarr’s Three bores and Nora Kemarr Moore’s Goofy bore all depict important Dreaming, or Tjukurrpa sites of the artists’ traditional country, incorporating icons of native flora and fauna in luminescent yellow and gold hues on deep brown, red and purple tableaux.

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