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Kalaya – Emu

Dorothy said this story is about two minyma (women) emus. The emu with the chicks is walking past the other emu who has a nest of eggs yet to hatch. In the background Dorothy said the orange areas were the sand hills or tali.

Categories: Papulankutja Artists

Name: Dorothy Richards

Language: Ngaanyatjarra

Community: Mantamaru (Jameson)


Dorothy Richard's work is a captivating colourscape inspired by the land, stories past and present and her grandchildren. Her eye for colour is unmatched and distinguishes her work as a tapestry that nods to tradition while celebrating contemporary indigenous art styles and colours. 

Her love for life and culture imbues her work with spirit and speaks of a rich connection to what grows from the land and the strong women that gather bush grub and tree roots. Keeping culture strong and stories rolling are integral to what inspires this talented artist and in turn, her work inspires all those around her.

Dorothy lives and works in Jameson and also makes tjanpi, beads and indigenous artefacts to compliment her illuminated arts portfolio. 

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