Carlene Thompson

Carlene Thompson is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose materials and processes span across painting, ceramics, printmaking, wood carving, and fiber-based art. She is a senior artist and community leader in Ernabella, and has been heavily involved in a number of project-based art collaborations that have toured nationally. She is also an independent artist, working from the Ernabella Art Centre and has been instrumental in encouraging future generations of APY artists to follow in her footsteps. The intergenerational transfer of Indigenous and cultural knowledge is a priority for Carlene, particularly the passing of knowledge down to her daughters and her artwork often features families.

Sabbia Gallery is very pleased to present this new body of work, which alludes to Carlene Father’s Country, Kanpi, in which the creation being is ‘Kalaya’, or emu. The pieces feature her distinctive hand-built forms, with deep sgraffito to inscribe her Emu Story. The forms feature a soft colour palette of glazes on rich earthenware clay bodies, and they encompass the cultural richness that Carlene possesses as a proud Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara woman.

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