Open hands for healing art: Iluwanti Ken and Betty Muffler in pictures
The collaborative exhibition of celebrated senior Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara artists and Ngangkari (traditional healers) Iluwanti Ken and Betty Muffler powerfully emphasises the importance and necessity of their work.
While both distinct in their style, Ken and Muffler’s large-scale works are luminously moving and ultimately restorative to view. Ken is renowned for her ink drawings, created using punu sticks, depicting mother eagles hunting. For Ken, birds like the walawuru (eagles) and patupiri (swallows) share lessons for Aṉangu women about how to care for children.
The exhibition also showcases the artistic collaboration of Ken and Muffler with epic and densely layered paintings that detail panoramic images pulsing with culturally significant symbols of their Country and tjukurpa (Aṉangu cultural heritage, encompassing past, present and future).
View, in pictures, Ken and Muffler’s evocative and illuminating collaborations and solo works for Mara Ala – Open Hands.