Angaliya Mitchell & Jennifer Mitchell


2789-15, 2791-15 Sculptures

2 Bottles

Tjanpi (grass) with multicoloured wool and raffia

L16cm x W16cm x 47cm. L13cm x W13cm x H45cm

Papulankutja (Blackstone) WA


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Artist Biography

Angaliya was born in the late 1950s in the bush at Tjurntu, a Honey Ant Dreaming site near Mantamaru (Jameson). She spent her childhood living nomadically with her parents, travelling the land on foot in the region around the present day communities of Pipalyatjara, Irryuntju and Papulankutja. Angaliya is a proper bush woman and her quiet reserve and intense focus are the hallmarks of everything she does. She is an accomplished weaver, painter and wood carver and also enjoys to make bush medicines and bush ashes. Angaliya is a well known and successful weaver and has been weaving since the initial bush workshop held near Blackstone in 1995. She was taught by Kanytjupayi Benson helped her with some of her sculptures over the years. Angaliya was central to the core group of weavers from Blackstone who made the Big Basket in 2000 and later the Telstra Award winning Tjanpi Toyota in 2005. She has travelled and taught weaving all over the country and is well known for her carefully crafted baskets and quirky small scale animals and figures.

Jennifer was born near Irrunytju community at Kala Tjuti in approximately 1950. She travelled all across the NPY lands with her mother during her childhood, and was near Maralinga during the rocket testing in the fifties. During that time she and her family had to hide in their shelters. Her grandfather got ill from the radioactive smoke and later died and was buried at Oodnadatta, SA. Jennifer has been making baskets since 1995, and both she and her mother, Mrs Woods, have a reputation for creating extremely well crafted and strong baskets. Jennifer is also an accomplished sculptor and makes delightfully animated dogs and figures out of grass and coloured wools. Jennifer is one of Tjanpi’s chief ambassadors and she features on the Tjanpi brochure and website. She works closely with the Tjanpi office and contributes her expertise to numerous areas of the organisation, including the annual NPYWC Law & Culture camp. She is an erudite public speaker and has represented Tjanpi and presented at regional and national conferences.


Shipping Information

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 16 x 16 x 47 cm