Tokyo visit May 2018

The Woven Song – Tapestry Project. Lumpu Lumpu country

The Daisy Andrews inspired tapestry, which resides in the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, is one of the most vibrant in the collection. Deborah Cheetham (composer/performer) and Toni Lalich (research/performer) took the opportunity to visit the tapestry whilst in Tokyo to perform at the launch the Australia Now festival.  The composition development process will take place in Melbourne later this year in collaboration with Plexus Collective.  Here is what the Australian Tapestry Workshop have to say about Lumpu Lumpu country and the artist Daisy Andrews.

Lumpu Lumpu country

Daisy Andrews (Born: 1934; Died: January 2015) came from the remote Aboriginal community at Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She was born at Cherrabun Station and belongs to the Walmajarri people. The country of Lumpu Lumpu is her ancestral terrain, but her family were already displaced when she was born. Stories about the land were narrated to Andrews by her parents and grandparents but she only visited late in life: her family riven by dispossession were too traumatised to return. Andrew’s paintings, drawings and prints of Lumpu Lumpu are made as memorials to her homeland.

The tapestry Lumpu Lumpu country captures the drama of the landscape with its cliffs and valleys, wildflowers and blazing red earth. The carpet of purple flowers finds a visual echo in the lavender coloured sky, and the whole image is suffused with sentiment. ‘When I draw my picture I am seeing that good country in my head, looking at those sandhills, flowers, everything was very good. I think hard when I look at my country. I think how I have to paint it. I look hard, it makes me sad too, it is beautiful, good country, but it makes me sad to think about all of the old people who were living there.’ [1]

Daisy Andrews was an active member of the Mangkaja Arts Centre from 1991 until her death in 2015. In 1994 she was the winner of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and the Telecom Australia Prize, and in 2004 was the recipient of the BankWest Western Australia Senior of the Year Award. Andrews has exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia; National GAllery of Victoria; Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London; and Old Parliament House, Canberra. Her work appears in the collections of the National Gallery of Austraia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery and Australian National University.

[1] Daisy Andrews, quoted in the Victorian Tapestry Workshop Newsletter, Vol 1, Issue 16, October 2004

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