100% Silk Satin, Cotton Padding and Silk Lining 2020
A limited run of silk scarves made in collaboration with One of Twelve, an Australian organisation that showcases the work of emerging and established artists from the Asia Pacific region:
Donegan’s painting ‘Walka Wiru Ngura Wiru’transports us across the vast desert country surrounding the Tomkinson Ranges near the artist’s home community of Kalka, in the far north-western reaches of South Australia.
The painting’s title,‘Walka Wiru Ngura Wiru’translates into English as, ‘lovely country, lovely drawing’.
Through her skilful use of layering and tonal graduation, Donegan’s work creates an immersive experience – her paint appears to vibrate above the surface of the canvas creating a mesmerising optical effect. In this way, the artist breathes life into the undulatingtali(sandhills) andpuli(rocky hills) that characterise the sprawling desert country of her homelands.
About the Artist
Phyllis Donegan was born at Warburton Ranges in 1973 and is the youngest daughter of renowned painter Jimmy Donegan. She went to school at Amata and moved back to Pipalyatjara and Kalka in the homeland movement of the late 1970's. As she was growing up she moved between Wingellina, Pipalyatjara and Amata. She started painting in Blackstone and it was there where she worked with her sister and mother on the Tjanpi Toyota that won the Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art award in 2005. She lives in Kalka with her family. Phyllis paints designs and iconography associated with the Seven Sisters and Wati Kutjara stories. Her style is very geometric and precise.