Dianne Ungukalpi Golding is an artist belonging to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group in Western Australia.
Dianne has made baskets for a number of years and first learnt from relatives in Warakurna. She enjoys experimenting with different shapes and says: “Some long like piti (traditional wood dish), some round like the sun.” She has since made a number of sculptural pieces drawing inspiration from the animals prevalent on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, whether they be the camp dogs in the community or the goannas, porcupines, or rabbits hunted out bush.
Dianne exhibited her first sculptural piece, a large camel, at Desert Mob 2006 in Alice Springs. She has then exhibited her fibre artwork with Tjanpi Desert Weavers every year since 2012. Notable amongst these exhibitions is String Theory at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney NSW in 2013, Desert Mob 2015 and 2016 in Alice Springs NT, and Flight at FORM Gallery in Perth WA 2017. Dianne’s Helicopter and Camels sculptures exhibited at Flight were later acquired by the state collection held by the Western Australian Museum. This delightful and humorous piece depicts the story of Ngaanyatjarra Senior Man and Ranger, Mr Bennett, mustering camels out of Warakurna community.
As well as being an established fibre artist, Dianne is also a proficient and well-exhibited painter represented by Warakurna Artists. Notably, Dianne has two collaborative paintings held in the national collection at the National Museum of Australia, Land Management, Burning Country and Tjanpi.
Dianne was born at a waterhole called Katartirn near Warburton WA in 1966 to well-known artist Carol Maanyatja Golding and Billy Golding . Dianne went to school in Warburton and travelled from here to Kaltukatjara (Docker River) NT and Warakurna WA before she attended high school for three years in Kalgoorlie. Growing up, Dianne contracted Rheumatic heart fever which resulted in her requiring numerous heart operations. Despite this early setback, Dianne raised two sons, Mark and Milton, and now lives an inspiring life in Warakurna Community WA surrounded by her grandchildren.
Dianne is a kind, feisty and intensely funny woman who has overcome extreme odds to become a highly successful artist and an inspiration to her family and community.