1 AM 3671/06
Deanne Ward Rug 1/50 2006
Chain stitched, hand dyed wool on heavy cotton backing 860 x 1820mm $690
The design for this rug is from an original painting. The style of art is known as 'walka'. The abstract images, enclosed within a border, are typical of this style which is unique to the aboriginal women artists of the Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands in remote, north-west South Australia. The different forms of the desert landscape have a great impact on the artists’ use of colour and image construction. The imagery is influenced by the ancient Aboriginal culture and the land from which it draws its origins. Specific titles, however, are seldom given to the ‘walka’ artwork. The artistic process is instinctive and imaginative.
Deanne was born in Alice Springs and grew up in Kenmore Park. She went to primary school in Kenmore Park and then went to Adelaide for high school. After finishing high school, Deanne came back to live Kenmore Park. Deanne has completed a Business Certificate at the TAFE and has worked in the Kenmore Park Community office. She married in Fregon and has two children, one boy and one girl. She started work at Kaltjiti Arts and says she would ‘love to learn more’ about culture and painting.