Artist Erica Ikungka Shorty
Title Purtingkatja - Pinirnpa (From the bush - Anthill)
Year 2022

Tjanpi (wild harvested grass) and bush dyed raffia

Dimensions 65 × 53 × 53 cm
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Erica Ikungka Shorty

It’s fun to work with the ladies. I like trying new things and making new animals. I mostly make tjulpu (bird) but once I made a giraffe – and a llama!

Erica Ikungka Shorty belongs to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group and lives in Warakurna, Western Australia. Erica first became involved in making Tjanpi by participating alongside senior Tjanpi artists in the Trench Art Camp near Mutitjulu in the Northern Territory in early 2016.

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