Emerging artist Clarise Tunkin is the daughter of Tjungu Palya artist and Pitjantjatjara woman Teresa Baker. Born in 1993 in Alice Springs, Tunkin paints the sacred stories of her home country, which have been passed down the matrilineal line. Using a palate of rich reds, oranges and pink hues Tunkin deftly portrays her home country and important sites including Malilu’s cave (the site of this dreaming story). Clarise Tunkin uses a diverse colour palate to reference the rockholes and sandhills and general form of her country. The convergence of colour, intricate dot work and diverse design elements (wherein women are represented by ‘U’ shapes seated with their coolamon bowl and digging stick), infuse Tunkin’s canvas with a rhythm and energy that is joyful and highly dynamic.
2016: Good Together, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2015: 32nd Telstra NATSIAA, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
2015: Finalist 2015 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards