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I recently visited the NT for the first time and was blown away by the contrast of colours and the feeling of the land. That bright blue sky against the red earth, with contrast of green spinifex and trees. It makes you feel like you’re in a painting, that I can see why so many artists are drawn to the landscape and inspired by the energy it holds.
When I came across Cungelella Art on instagram I feel in love with their use of pastels and colours (lots of lovely pink hues) with their traditional indigenous style that I wanted to find out more about them, and their inspirations.
Cungelella Art was founded in 2019 by Glenda McCulloch as a vehicle for sharing her culture through modern Aboriginal art. It soon expanded as a collaboration to include Glenda’s sisters - Jaunita, Dale and Cheryl. Not only was the opportunity for business expansion presented as the demand for their art increased - the sisters were able to create a venture that allowed them to work closely together and spend quality time together as a family creating a legacy through their artwork.
“WE ARE ARTISTS. WE ARE KALKADOON WOMEN. WE ARE MOTHERS, SISTERS, PARTNERS, BUSINESS OWNERS. WE ARE TELLING THE STORIES OF OUR KALKATUNGU HOMELANDS AND SHARING THE COLOURS, TEXTURES AND HISTORY OF OUR HOME. WE ARE CUNGELELLA ART.”
I was lucky enough to get in contact with Glenda and ask her a few questions about Cungelella Art, and her sisters…