Yanyangkari Roma Butler

Artist Yanyangkari Roma Butler
Title Purtingkatja - Pinirnpa (From the bush - Anthill)
Year 2022

Tjanpi (wild harvested grass) and bush dyed raffia

Dimensions 51 × 40 × 40 cm
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Yanyangkari Roma Butler

Yanyangkari Roma Butler is a weaver born at Wilu Rockhole, on the Kanyala Tjukurpa track near Amata in South Australia. Yanyangkari spent her early years at Ernabella Mission and then travelled by camel to Milyirrtjarra (Warburton) in Western Australia where she went to school. She then lived in Irrunytju (Wingellina), and has recently relocated to Warakurna, Western Australia. Yanyangkari’s works have been included in many exhibitions of significance including the 56th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2015 as part of Kuka Irititja for the Fiona Hall exhibition Wrong Way Time in the Australia Pavilion.

Artist statement

We thought we would use coils and the basket-making skills we know in a different way, to create a new style of sculpture. We went out bush to look around at all the interesting shapes and sizes of mountains, trees and anthills, some pointy, some round and some crooked. We also wanted to make our own special colours from the bush, so we made plant dyes and wove our sculptures with these soft colours. We made many tjanpi coils and stitched around and around, growing our sculptures up and out and in again. Some of us stitched our coils really strong and tight, and others kept the coils more grassy. The leaves, roots and barks we collected made colours that all look lovely together, just as all the colours of the bush look so lovely together too.

– Cynthia Burke, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding, Erica Ikungka Shorty, Yanyangkari Roma Butler, Dorcas Tinnimai Bennett