Papulankutja Artists, Blackstone NT, Cat No. 06.1159
Private Collection, WA
Elaine was born close to Kutukampara rockhole near Mantamaru (Jameson). As a young child she travelled with her family between Papulankutja (Blackstone) and Mantamaru and then back to Warburton Ranges visiting Wirtapiwara, Illinpiri and Watatjara. This imparted a deep attachment to and profound knowledge of her culture and her country.
Elaine now lives at Blackstone, close to her brother Jimmy Donegan, a senior Law Man and artist, in remote Western Australia. She is a respected senior law woman and the sister of the well known painter Pantjiti Maclean. Elaine is also a leading fibre artist. She first began making baskets and animal sculptures in 1995 and was part of the team of women from Blackstone who made the full sized grass Toyota that won the National Aboriginal Art Award in 2005. Elaine’s work reflects the seasons with many overlapping layers melding together, to express the texture and flow of the land.
In this work Elaine has painted the spine of the Blackstone Ranges that wind down the place where the rocks sing.Share