Bird by Rene Kulitja


Bird by Rene Kulitja


Rene Kulitja

Mutitjulu Community

20 x 30 x 10cm

Tjanpi (dry grass), wool, raffia, emu feathers

©Rene Kulitja, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Women’s Council

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Rene was born at Ernabella, where she grew up, and later lived at Mutitjulu. She is a well known artist whose works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, with one of her designs featuring on a QANTAS plane. Rene has been a member of Mutijulu Community Council and Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management. She was a founding director of Walkatjara Art at Uluru and is chairperson of Maruku Arts Governing Committee. Rene is a dedicated Tjanpi weaver and until recently was a Director of NPY Womens' Council. She is a strong cultural woman and a superb traditional dancer. Rene's sculptural works are imbued with a charming wit, and are innovative creations profoundly influenced by Anangu traditions of story telling. A highly skilled and inventive artist, Rene has participated in a number of artist camps, collaborating on many large scale works for national institutions. Most recently she was a part of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers/Fiona Hall collaboration which resulted in two installations commissioned for the 2014 Tarrawarra Biennale. One of these installations, Kuka Irititja was then selected to be included in the 2015 Venice Biennale, as a part of Fiona Hall's exhibition Wrong Way Time in the new Australian pavillion. Rene travelled to Venice to attend the opening and represent Australia and Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a signatory  to the Indigenous Art Code, is a dynamic social enterprise of the NPY Women's Council, Tjanpi (meaning 'dry grass') supports Aboriginal women living in remote Central and Western desert communities to create contemporary fibre art. When collecting desert grasses (minarri, wangumu and yirlintji), women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and tech children about country. Grass is bound with wool, string or raffia and sometimes combined combined with yinirnti (red seeds of the bat-wing coral tree) and wipiya (emu feathers).

Tjanpi Desert Weavers confirms the accuracy of the details of Set out on this accompanying Code Certificate.

Text by Andrea Mason, CEO, NPY Women's Council.

Tjanpi represents more than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands. The NPY lands cover approximately 350,000 square kms across the tri-state (WA, SA, NT) border region of Central Australia. Tjanpi field officers regularly travel to these communities and purchase artworks from the artists, supply art materials, hold skills development workshops and facilitate grass collecting trips. These trips also allow a number of other cultural maintenance activities to take place.

Tjanpi also runs public weaving workshops, a public gallery in Alice Springs, it regularly exhibits work in national galleries right through to facilitating commissions for public institutions and collectors.