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Manta Uringu | Movement in the Sands

Tanya Singer


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  • Medium

    Giclée print on archival paper

  • Size

    110 H x 140cm W

Manta Pilti (Dry Sand) is a collection designed by Tanya Singer and Trent Jansen to communicate the time critical catastrophic effects human induced climate change is inflicting on Country around Indulkana in remote South Australia. This project shares the story of a rapidly warming and dehydrating landscape that increasingly threatens the lives of community members and ecosystems, as well as connection to Country and culture in this place. For countless generations, knowledge of correlations between seasonal patterns of plants and animals has supported life in Indulkana, governing food collection, hunting, totemic relationships, and Law on Country. As the climate changes, these age-old relationships are thrown out of alignment. Tanya’s photographs show the Parakeelya flower, a personally significant, seasonal, and small purple bloom, which was her mother’s favourite, once blanketed the Indulkana hills, and is now seen far less frequently. This once plentiful bloom is now only found in hard to spot patches far from the road, because of the increased heat, reduced rainfall and dry, sandy soil caused by climate change. This fading bloom and the cracked, dry sand in which it grows are emblematic of hotter, dryer Country, examples of ecosystem degradation in this region. These are the conceptual focus for this design collaboration. Tanya and Trent have used the motif of cracking sand and Tanya’s interpretation of her mother’s favourite flower to inform the design of a furniture collection that can communicate this complex and troubling narrative.

Exhibition Artist Tanya Singer

  • Born

    "Yankunytjatjara Peoples, SA b.1977 Mparntwe | Alice Springs"

  • Lives & Works

    "lives & works Railway Bore, near Indulkana, An–angu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands), SA"

Tanya Singer (Yankunytjatjara Peoples) is Minyma Anangu, an Aboriginal woman who comes from a family of artists and makers. Tanya, her mother Sadie, her sisters Trisha and Priscilla and brothers Bernard and Brenton are punu (wood) carvers, some of whom have worked for many years with Maruku Arts. Instructed in traditional carving by her grandmothers, aunts and mothers, Tanya brings her own flair and attention to detail to her work. She is a mother to three daughters, sits on important boards and works as a translator.

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