PUKULPA POTS Betty Muffler
Artist: Betty Muffler
10cm w x 7cm h
Ceramic and glaze
“I used to be travelling all the time by donkeys, a long way from Watarru to Ernabella and staying with my aunties. My mama (father) and aunties were Ngangkari (traditional healers), they taught me how to heal people. I’ve got an eagles spirit and I can stay at home here and send my eagle spirit across the desert to look for sick people, then I land next to them and make them better. Ngangkari’s can see right through people to what sickness is inside, then they can heal them straight away.”
Pukulpa Pots is a vibrant exhibition of glazed ceramic forms and works on paper by the Anangu women of Iwantja Arts at the Indulkana community on the remote APY Lands. This exhibition is a celebration of the artistic practice and careers of the artists; making specific reference through imagery and colour to both the strength and ruggedness of their desert country homeland, and combines this with fervour for the unique designs and fashion of contemporary textiles worn in community.
The artists involved in this exhibition have extensive artistic practices and have work held in collections both nationally and internationally. The works presented as a part of Pukulpa Pots presents a culmination of considered imagery and mark making that reflects an understanding of history and place, the ceramics and works on paper imbue both the dynamic storytelling and painting language of each artist.
Kim Jaeger is a Melbourne based artist and curator who works currently in ceramics. In August 2013, Kim travelled to Indulkana to the Iwantja Arts Centre in the South Australian desert to run a ceramics workshop with the Aboriginal ladies living on community. The Pukulpa Pots exhibition at Mr Kitly showcased the results of this workshop, presenting developmental paintings alongside the finished ceramic vessels.