Mrs Wallace's painting and Storytelling in the context of Contemporary Eastern Arrernte Culture

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The premise of Mrs. Wallace's productivity has always been maintenance and transmission of her Eastern Arrernte culture. From the inception of the art centre in 1989, that has occurred in the contemporary context of Keringke Arts, an Aboriginal art centre at Ltyentye Apurte community, Santa Teresa, NT. This paper addresses some of the data collected from 2003 when Lovell and Wallace met and first worked together, at Keringke Arts. This paper describes how analysis and interpretation of Mrs. Wallace's storytelling and painting reveals her innate knowledge of tangible and intangible Eastern Arrente culture, and her skill in the use of contemporary painting techniques for transmission of that to others. Oral recording allows the tonal qualities of Mrs. Wallace's voice to remain apparent, and through the interactive process of audiencing, her knowledge and methods of transmission emerge. Audiencing balances the power-structure of the social research relationship, and Mrs Wallace actively maintains the role of co-researcher of her own work. A derivation of photo-elicitation provides audiencing of her paintings to open the layrs within the canvases in the viewer. Mrs Wallace's paintings are renowned; she is an artist with work in many international collections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-36
Number of pages10
JournalOral History Association Of Australia Journal
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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