Nancy Nanana Jackson | Artist Profile

Details of Nancy Nanana Jackson


Nancy was born in country near the WA and NT borders and now lives in Warakurna community, also know as Giles Weather Station. She has been making baskets since 1995 and has developed a well-shaped rounded style to her work. She is a quiet reserved woman but has the ability to produce enormous quantities of work at a time without the quality ever suffering. She has been in several Tjanpi Group exhibitions since 1995 and continues to produce fine work. She is a skilled bush woman and a well respected artist amongst her peers.

Tjanpi (meaning ‘dry grass’) evolved from a series of basket weaving workshops held on remote communities in the Western Desert by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara Womens’ Council in 1995. Building on traditions of using fibre for medicinal, ceremonial and daily purposes, women took easily to making coiled baskets. These new-found skills were shared with relations on neighbouring communities and weaving quickly spread. Today there are over 400 women across 28 communities making baskets and sculptures out of grass and working with fibre in this way is firmly embedded in Western and Central Desert culture. While out collecting desert grasses for their fibre art women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach their children about country.

Group Exhibitions

2016 September - Desert Mob Exhibition 2016
2016 May - Tales from the Desert, Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland WA
2014 August - Bush Life, Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin NT
2013 August - String Theory, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney NSW
2013 May - Fingers and Petals - The Handmade Flower Show, The Gallery Edenbrook WA
2010 January - Recent Works from Warakurna Artists and Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2008 January - Tjanpi Tjuta, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2007 January - Hograth Gallery
2004 January - Fibre Sculpture, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne



Artworks of Nancy Nanana Jackson