Thursday, 23 August 2012

Artist Profile - Evonne Stacia Lewis

Evonne Stacia Lewis was born around 1955 in the bush hear Docker River, Northern Territory. She belongs to the Pitjantjatjara language and cultural group. Her parents were married at the church in Warbuton and as a child she spent some time there learning English, hymns and bible stories. 
Evonne has a strong aesthetic sensibility expressed through her painting, punu and tjanpi basket weaving. Her interest in colours, pattern and textiles is evident in her art practise. At one time she managed a second-hand clothing store at Irrunytju.

Evonne regulary goes on bush trips into the country with the minyma pampa (senior women) to hunt tinka (lizard) and perentie (goanna); gather bush foods and minkulpa (native tobacco); collect tjanpi (spinifex), punu (wood) and materials to make resins, linaments and organic dyes.

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