Papa (Dogs) by Sandra Summerfield


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SKU: 5-24 Category: Tags: ,


Artist: Sandra Summerfield

Cat#: 5-24

Size and medium: 35x46cm Painting

Title: Papa (Dogs)

Sandra Summerfield has lived at Titjikala for as long as she can remember. She has four children and eight grandchildren, and is an active member of the Tapatjatjaka Art Centre. Sandra’s favorite medium is spinifex, raffia and grass (tjanpi) from which she fashions intricate figurines and three dimensional sculptures representing the birds, reptiles and animals of her homeland. She is known for her detailed punu carvings created from locally sourced mulga wood. Sandra says she has been making punu and weaving for a long time and loves the opportunity that collecting the raw materials used provides for her to go out bush. From her local environment Sandra also sources native nuts and seeds from which she creates jewellery. In addition to carving punu animal forms such as perentie (lizards), snakes, tadpoles and lizards, Sandra also carves Kali and music sticks. Each piece is then painstakingly decorated with a branding technique utilising a piece of wire heated over an open fire. Sandra also enjoys painting, and her style is characterised by bold dotting and strong earthy colours to depict the topographic renderings of her country. Her symbolic representations of plants, animals and people invite us in to the canvas as her stories unfold before us. Women may be seen gathering traditional bush tucker such as wapiti (yam), puya (wild beans), quandong or witchetty grubs. Goannas and snakes lie coiled in the desert sun, protecting their young. These images in turn narrate important myths from her region. In 2015 Sandra was one of the main artists to create the Batik costumes for the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. This took six months of waxing and dyeing with each individual costume taking up to three weeks to create. EXHIBITION: 2021 Terres Tracées (Painting with Ochre) Boléro Gallery, Versoix, Switzerland. 2021 “Walka Wirunya” June Marriot Gallery, Alice Springs 2021 Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2019 June Marriot Gallery, Alice Springs 2018 Alice Springs Beanie Festival, Araluen Cultural Precinct 2017 June Marriot Gallery, Alice Springs 2017 Beanie Festival, Aiice Springs 2016 Beanie Festival, Aiice Springs 2015 Beanie Festival, Alice Springs 2015 Walka kutjupa-kutjupa tjunanyi, Seymour College, Adelaide 2014 Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs 2013 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Gallery, Alice Springs 2013 A Love of Country’ Seymour College, Adelaide 2012 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs 2012 June Marriot Gallery, Alice Springs 2011 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Gallery, Alice Springs 2011 Spirit of Country, Land and Life. Seymour College, Adelaide. 2010 People from Titjikala, June Marriot Gallery, Alice Springs, NT 2010 Kungka’s of Titjikala, June Marriat Gallery, Alice Springs 2009 Celebrating Country: Kinship and Culture, Seymour College, Adelaide SA 2009 Colours of Concordia, Concordia College, Adelaide, SA 2008 Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT 2008 Mountbatten School Exhibition, Hampshire, United Kingdom 2006-2008 Alice Springs Beanie Festival, Araluen Cultural Centre 2005 Bush Life, Philip Neville Gallery, Darwin NT COMMISSIONS 2008 National Australia Bank ATM Project Titjikala sits in the midst of a series of rich, red clay pans on the western fringe of the Simpson Desert. This tiny community of approximately 220 people has been a traditional area of the Eastern Arrernte people since Dreamtime. A broad expansive landscape rich in rocky outcrops, undulating ridges, gorges and dry river beds, the country surrounding Titjikala is stark and arid but incredibly beautiful. Endless horizons, huge skies, reds and ochres of the desert, sage and spinifex, colours and texture to feed your soul. Tapatjatjaka Art Centre is an artist owned organisation within this tiny community. Its a central point of reference for artists, community residents and tourists alike. Its a place where people come for work, to learn new skills, to gain information, to find people, to ask directions, to get assistance for advocacy and of course, to create art. The art center is a non profit organisation with all monies going back into the center after artists have been paid their commission. This money is used to overcome social difficulties created by remote living, poverty, unemployment and social disadvantage. It assists people in need, including children attending boarding school, medical emergencies and other life necessities one might struggle with. A busy place with lots of laughter, people of all ages and often several dogs. There is always something new being created and much discussion going on between artists and visitors. Tapatjatjaka Art is the creative heart and soul of a small remote community in Central Australia.

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Weight 0.8 kg


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