Warliyajarrayi Screen Printed T-Shirt (Dirty Purple Hemp) by Roseranna Larry
Unisex - SIZE L
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This beautiful T-shirt has been screen printed by hand at Ikuntji Artists onto an organic t-shirt (ONNO Ethical t-shirts), and heat set for a lasting, ethical and sustainable piece of wearable art.
Because all of our shirts are printed on site, please allow for slight variation in prints and ink. T-shirt colours may also vary slightly due to the natural fibres and dyes used by ONNO in their production process.
Orange ink on Organic Hemp T-shirt (Dirty Purple)
Artwork Story: ‘Warliyajarrayi’
This story was passed down to the artist from Old Lady Napaltjarri Morton.
The painting shows the story of Janyanpartinya creek (Mount Campbell). The kingki/tjanpa and milarrpa watinki/ukurrukurru tjuta (boogey men and women) live near this creek.
The old ladies can sing the boogey men and women so that they come.
ABOUT EUNICE NAPANANGKA JACK
Skin name: Napaljarri, Napaltjarri
Language: Warlpiri, Luritja
Date of birth: 1980-11-12
Community: Haasts Bluff NT
Roseranna was born at Papunya in 1980. She is the oldest daughter of painter Susie Lane, a Western Arrernte, Warlpiri and Luritja woman from Haasts Bluff. Her father, Roy Wara Larry, was an important law man, working with local Aboriginal people and non-Indigenous people. When Roseranna was two years old her younger sister was born and her family moved to Haasts Bluff. She grew up in Haasts Bluff, though she travelled often to Willowra and Mt Deniston to visit family. Roseranna attended primary school at Haasts bluff and then went on to Yirrara College in Alice Springs. After leaving Yirrara she returned to Haasts Bluff where she attended secondary school at the old station house.
On visits to Willowra, Roseranna grew up watching her grandmother, Old Lady Morton (her fathers auntie), paint. Old Lady Morton was an Anmatyerre and Warlpiri woman from Willowra. It was her who taught Roseranna to paint and who passed down the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) that she continues to paint today. In Haasts Bluff, Roseranna watched her other grandmother, Esther Napaltjarri Jugadai, an Arrernte, Luritja and Warlpiri woman painting at home before there was an art centre. Esther taught her about painting and how to collect the native ininti seeds that are used for ceremony. Though she grew up watching and helping her grandmothers paint, it was not until 2017, when Old Lady Morton passed away, that she began painting her story on canvas with Ikuntji Artists.
Roseranna is also a certified interpreter and works on a regular basis for all different organisations. Her father was also a translator, working at the local school and helping young people in community. It was because of him that Roseranna begun working as a translator.
Roseranna is a devoted mother of six children and four grand-children, spending much of her time caring for them. She is a strong voice in the community and has been director of the community council for several years in a row.
Roseranna participated in photography workshops throughout 2017 with Steve Pearce and was the Winner of the 2017 Desart Photography Prize. In 2018, she went to Brisbane, Queensland to take part in a week-long artist-in-residency program with IES (International Student Services). She has been involved in printing workshops at Ikuntji Artists and had an artwork featured in Parrtjima – Festival in Light 2019 in Alice Springs.
T-shirt care instructions:
We recommend that you wash your shirt inside out to avoid any damage to the print. ONNO t-shirts shrink when washed hot and dry hot, to preserve the fit of your shirt, please wash cool and line dry.
About Ikuntji Artists
Ikuntji Artists is a member-based, not for profit, Aboriginal art centre. It is situated in the community of Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji), and has a board of seven Indigenous directors all of whom live and work locally. Haasts Bluff has a population of around 150 people. Ikuntji Artists is registered charity with both DGR and PBI status, which means you will receive tax back on all donations made to us.
A lot of stories are still being recounted of long journeys of people from various language groups, who travelled from rockholes and waterholes to caves and mountains finally arriving at Haasts Bluff. The locals, Luritja people of Haasts Bluff, were already here. Thus Haasts Bluff is a community rich of diversity in language and culture.
Ikuntji Artists was first established in 1992, after a series of workshops with Melbourne artist Marina Strocchi, and under the influence of the then community president, the late Esther Jugadai. The art centre was initially set up to fulfil the role of women’s centre providing services such as catering for old people and children in the community. After first experiences made in printing T-shirts, the artists began producing acrylic paintings on linen and handmade paper, which quickly gained the attention of the Australian and international art world as well as earning the centre an impressive reputation for fine art. The focus changed from a women’s centre to an art centre in 2005 with the incorporation of the art centre as Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation.
The artists draw their inspiration from their personal ngurra (country) and Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). They interpret the ancestral stories by using traditional symbols, icons and motifs. The artistic repertoire of Ikuntji Artists is diverse and includes for example: naive as well as highly abstract paintings told by each artist in their personal signature style. Throughout the 27 years of its existence the art movement in Ikuntji has flourished and constantly left its mark in the fine art world. At the same time the art centre has been the cultural hub of the community, maintaining, reinforcing and reinvigorating cultural practices through art-making.
Today Ikuntji Artists has eight key artists, who exhibit in Australia and internationally. They are represented in major collections across the globe.