Kalaya Tjukurpa is the long awaited solo exhibition by Carlene Thompson from Ernabella Arts. Carlene creates innovative, new work that alludes to her Father’s Country, Kanpi, in which the creation being is ‘Kalaya’, or emu.
Her pieces encompass the cultural richness that Carlene possesses as a proud Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara woman. The inter generational 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. She utilises the sgraffito technique to inscribe her stories, showing the clay body underneath and enhances the artwork with bold glazes.