Eunice Porter

Tjanpi Desert Weavers


Papa (dog)

Tjanpi (wild harvested grass), wool, raffia

L60cm x W20cm x H20cm

Warakurna WA

Eunice is a proficient weaver making both baskets and fibre sculptures from desert grasses, such as Minarri that grows close to her home in Warakurna. She has been making baskets since the initial workshops were facilitated by NPY Women’s Council in 1995 and has passed weaving skills on to many women in her region. Eunice has recently begun to make sculptural work drawing inspiration from animals that are prevalent in Ngaanyatjarra Lands, whether they be camp dogs in the community or goannas, porcupines, and rabbits hunted out bush. These scultptural works are just as often inspired by ancestral figures from Tjukurpa. Eunice is an extremely active member of her community. She has been a director for NPY Women's Council a number of times and is now an advocacy worker for the NPY Aged Care project as well as chair of Warakurna Artists. As well as making baskets, fibre sculptures and painting, she likes to find plant materials for bush dyes and make irmangka irmangka, an extremely popular bush medicine.

Eunice was born in 1948 at Wirrkural near Lulpu on the Jameson road out of the Warburton Ranges. As a young girl she spent time in the Warburton Mission. Eunice later moved to Warakurna when she married the senior custodian of Warakurna country. She worked as a health worker at the Kaltukatjara (Docker River) clinic and also as a cook in the community dining room. Eunice is diversely talented artist and an accomplished painter and dancer. In 2000 she danced as part of the NPY presentation at the Olympic Games opening ceremony in Sydney and was one of the principal dancers for the Ngaanyatjarra Tjurlku at the Perth International Arts Festival.