42 AM 3667/06
Matjangka Norris Rug 2/50 2006
Chain stitched, hand dyed wool on heavy cotton backing 920 x 1530mm $585
The design for this rug is from an original bultik cotton length. 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.
Matjanka is from Watinuma Homelands on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands, 350km south east of Uluru. She works in both the art forms of painting and batik which can be found in the National Gallery of Victoria, South Australian Museum and Flinders University Collections. She uses both the dot painting style as well as ‘walka’ abstract images a style unique to the region.