| || ||Inner Worlds|
|Artist|| ||KULITJA, Rene|
|Birth|| ||1958, Ernabella, South Australia (Pitjantjatjara people)|
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|Title|| ||Wira (carrying dish)|
|Place|| ||Mutitjulu, Central Desert, Northern Territory|
|Medium|| ||etched glass|
|Dims|| ||38.0 x 20.0 x 6.0 cm|
|Collection|| ||National Gallery of Australia Purchased 1997|
Rene Kulitja is an indigenous Australian artist, actively involved with her community and the Mutitjulu Women's Centre in the Northern Territory. She played a major role in aspects of the interior design of the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.
In this work, Kulitja has used the form of the traditional Aboriginal water and food-carrying dish, the coolamon. These utensils were carved from wood and sometimes decorated with incised geometric designs. Kulitja has instead used glass, a modern and industrial material seemingly at odds with traditional Aboriginal craft practices. However, her exploitation of this material's fluidity, lightness and concentrated colour allows her to express the light and abundance of her region and to break away from the restrictions of traditional indigenous craft materials.