Sally M Mulda | Artist Profile

Details of Sally M Mulda

About

Other Languages: Luritja and Yankunytjatjara

Biography

Born at Titjikala, her parents from Erldunda and Aputula regions, she and fellow artist Margaret Boko met at Amoonguna at school when their families were moved there. Mulda has lived in Alice Springs since she married and had her only child as a young woman. After losing the use of her left arm in a childhood accident, Mulda later faced the challenge of losing her sight in one eye. Widowed and without children, Mulda lived with friends and extended family in Alice Springs for many years. From the outset Mulda sought to record those interactions that constitute life for so many Aboriginal people today.

Initially Mulda struggled with painting because of her compromised vision, but following surgery on her good eye, Mulda grew in confidence to create her own rich and fluid figurative style that celebrates her place in the world. Mulda loosely applies layers of colour in broad brush strokes to depict the world around her.

Of Mulda’s domestic environment, a tap drips into a bowl for the dogs, children play, men and women sit in the shade occasionally playing cards, making punu and seed jewellery, playing with babies, celebrating important events, occasionally drinking, while ranges in the background pulse with the heat, or the stars shine in clear skies. Further afield, Mulda explores life since the Intervention: camping in the riverbed in swags, Council rangers moving people on, police pouring out grog, or taking people off to sober up. Mulda observes minutiae, such as the navy blue Northern Territory police uniform introduced in early 2012.

Mulda records events she witnesses and experiences without any particular judgement. It is as it is. Her oeuvre represents a journalistic approach to local situations. This is especially pertinent in that many of her paintings include text that explains each scene in strong and simple language. This form of social commentary on the daily lives of Town Camp residents in Alice Springs represents an important catalogue of lived experiences, captured for posterity.

As Mulda explained about her many years living at Little Sisters Town Camp, located at the base of Mt Gillen, just south of Heavitree Gap, 'Us grownups sitting one side, all’a kids playing and making noise on the other, all’a dogs - big - little -all running round, making noise, all feeling good for home, you know?'

In 2011, Mulda moved to Abbott’s Town Camp, located by the Todd River. Life is slightly different for her there, and as a result of the move, Mulda’s paintings, some including text, continue to reveal more fascinating insights about life today in Central Australia. Mulda was a finalist in the Telstra 2012 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, and was the winner of the 2011 'Rights on Show' Annual Human Rights Art Award and Exhibition. Her work has been acquired by many private collections and several public institutions.

Solo Exhibitions

2016, May - Raft Artspace Gallery, Alice Springs NT Town Camp Stories

Group Exhibitions

2016, November - Town Camp Yarns, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2016, September - Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT Desert Mob
2016, August - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin NT
2016, June - Group Exhibition with Ewyenper Atwatye Artists, Hermannsburg Potters and Yarrenyty Arltere Artistsat Tangentyere Artists Gallery Arrweketye Mob
2016, February - Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT Recent Works
2015, October - Art Gallery South Australia, Adelaide, SA Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
2015, October - Tandanya Cultural Centre Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
2015, September - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs, NT SELFIES 2 l Town Campers
2015, September - Araluen Cultural Precinct Alice Springs NT Desert Mob - 25 Year Commemorative Exhibition
2015, August - Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2015, August - Convention Centre, Darwin NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2015, May - NIEA, UNSW Galleries, Sydney NSW We are in Wonder LAND: New Experimental Art from Central Australia
2015, February - Art Images Gallery, Norwood, SA Desert Dreaming featuring Artworks from 6 Art Centres from CentralAustralia
2014, November - Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery Sydney NSW Figuratively Speaking: Town Camp artists tell their stories
2014, September - Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT Selfies: Representation of Self by Town Camp Artists
2014, September - Araluen Cultural Precinct Alice Springs NT Desert Mob 2014
2014, September - In support of Artists in Black Arts Law Art Auction Fundraising Event
2014, August - Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin 8th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2014, June - Touring Exhibition of Aboriginal women's art of the Central and Western Deserts from the Sims Dickson Collection Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture
2014, June - Tangentyere Artists Group Show New Works: Salon Show
2014, June - Tangentyere Artists Group Show New Works: Salon Show
2014, May - DAX Centre, University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC Healing Ways: Art with Intent
2014, May - Desart Members Exhibition 2014 Seoul Open Art Fair
2014, April - Boomali Cooperative, Sydney NSW RightNow
2014, February - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists, A Survey
2013, December - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT A Survey of Works
2013, November - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT New Work by Tangentyere Artists
2013, October - Alice Springs Telegraph Station & Tangentyere Artists Gallery Family Trees - Mbantua Festival Exhibition, Curated by Hetti Perkins – Desart Art Centres
2013, September - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists - Open Day of New Art Centre
2013, September - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Desert Mob Exhibition
2013, May - Central Craft, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists
2013, May - Raft Art Space, Alice Springs NT Our Way, Their Way - Group Show with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
2013, May - Merenda Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle WA Margaret Boko and Sally Mulda
2013 - Cross Art Projects Gallery – Travelling Exhibition. Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention – Group Indigenous Artist Show, Curated by Jo Holder and Djon Mundine OAM
2012 - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Desert Mob Exhibition
2012 - Human Rights Film Festival, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Exhibition
2012 - Short Street Gallery, Broome WA Town Camp Art - Tangentyere Artists
2012 - Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney NSW Songlines – A Cooee Christmas
2012 - Convention Centre, Darwin NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2012 - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Alice Springs Beanie Festival
2012 - HUB Space, Alice Springs NT Alice Desert Festival
2012 - CHAN Contemporary Art Space, Darwin NT THREE - Group Show Co-curated by Shauna Tilmouth
2012 - 4 Elder Street, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Open Day
2012 - Group Indigenous Artist Show - Curator Djon Mundine - Cross Art Projects Gallery, Sydney NSW GhostCitizens: Witnessing the Intervention
2012 - William Mora Gallery, Melbourne VIC Tangentyere Artists: Recent Paintings
2012 - Merenda Gallery, Perth WA Tangentyere Artists
2012 - Finalist, Telstra NATSIAA. MAGNT , Darwin NT
2011 - Human Rights Film Festival, Olive Pink Botanical Gardens, Darwin NT
2011 - Tangentyere Artists, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne VIC
2011 - The Lighthouse Murals Darwin Festival. Festival Park Darwin NT
2011 - Tangentyere Artists, Kate Owen Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2011 - Tangentyere, AP Bond Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2011 - Our Homes: Town Camp and Beyond. Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery Fremantle WA
2011 - Desert Mob. Araluen Centre Alice Springs, NT
2011 - Rights on Show. Darwin Community Legal Service Annual Human Rights Art Awards& Exhibition.
2011 - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Convention Centre, Darwin NT
2011 - Melbourne Affordable Art Fair. Exhibition Building Melbourne VIC
2010 - Desert Mob. Araluen Centre Alice Springs NT
2010 - Urban Aboriginal Art- A survey show. ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2010 - Coming Together. Peta Appleyard Gallery, Alice Springs. NT
2010 - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. Darwin NT
2010 - Art from the heart of the town camps. Outstation Darwin, NT
2010 - Tjintu Kutjupa, Every day life. Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2009 - Desert Mob. Araluen Centre, Alice Springs. NT
2009 - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. Darwin NT
2009 - Anwernekenhe Ayeye, The Story Belonging to us., Japingka Gallery ,Perth WA
2008 - Birrung Gallery, Sydney NSW My House - Central Australian Art Centre Show
2008 - Town Camps & Coloured Blankets. Japingka Gallery Perth, WA

Collections

Darwin Festival Lighthouse Murals Darwin
Anthropology Museum The University of QLD, Brisbane
Utrecht Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2012
Deborah Sims & Matt Dickson Collection, 2013, 2014
The Brian Tucker Collection, 2014
The John Cruthers Collection, 2012, 2014

Bibliography

2016 - Biddle, Jennifer L., Remote Avant-Garde: Aboriginal Art under Occupation, Duke University Press, p: 70-76.
2016 - Finnane, Kieran, From ceremony to selfies, Art Monthly Australasia, Issue 287, March 2016, p:68-70.
2015 - Byrne, Joanna, Sophie Wallace, and Tangentyere Artists, Making Place Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty ArltereArtists, Tarnanthi Exhibition Catalogue, Art Gallery South Australia, p: 92-97
2015 - Cumpston, Nici and Nick Mitzevich, Tarnanthi At The Gallery, Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, p: 9-16.
2012 - Galatis, Emilia, Feature: Dark Clouds and Bright Futures: Current Climates in Australian Aboriginal Art, Sites 95, Issue 9, September 2012, p:15-18

Awards

2012 - Telstra NATSIAA Finalist - MAGNT Darwin, NT
2011 - Rights On Show Award – Darwin Community Legal Service Annual Human Rights Art Awards, Supreme Court Foyer, Darwin NT

Artworks of Sally M Mulda

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