Open hands for healing art: Iluwanti Ken and Betty Muffler in pictures

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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.

Mara Ala – Open Hands
Iluwanti Ken and Betty Muffler
Jan Murphy Gallery
12 July—30 July

 

Iluwanti Ken and Betty Muffler, Mara Ala – Open Hands, 2022, (279-22), acrylic and ink on linen, 198 x 152 cm.
Iluwanti Ken, Walawuru ngunytju kukaku ananyi (Mother eagles going hunting), 2022, (233-22), ink and acrylic on linen, 202 x 204 cm.
Betty Muffler, Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country), 2021, (837-21), acrylic on linen, 198 x 198 cm.
Iluwanti Ken, Walawuru ngunytju kukaku ananyi (Mother eagles going hunting), 2021, (7-22), ceramic and porcelain slip, 30 x 25 cm.
Betty Muffler, Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country), 2021, (632-21), acrylic on linen, 152 x 198 cm.
Iluwanti Ken, Walawuru ngunytju kukaku ananyi (Mother eagles going hunting), 2022, (215-22), ink and acrylic on linen, 127 x 204 cm.
Iluwanti Ken, Walawuru ngunytju kukaku ananyi (Mother eagles going hunting), 2021, (8-22), ceramic, 30 x 30 cm.
Iluwanti Ken and Betty Muffler, Mara Ala – Open Hands, 2022, (139-22), acrylic and ink on, 198 x 152 cm.
Betty Muffler, Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country), 2021, (723-21), acrylic on linen, 152 x 122 cm.
Iluwanti Ken and Betty Muffler, Mara Ala – Open Hands, 2022, (140-22), acrylic and ink on linen, 198 x 152 cm.

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