Marlene Rubuntja | Artist Profile

Details of Marlene Rubuntja


Marlene was born in Alice Springs. Her mother’s country is Hermannsburg(Ntaria), west of Alice Springs. Marlene grew up at Amoongunacommunity, east of Alice Springs where she went to school. Marlene is the daughter of Wenton Rubuntja the well known painter and activist. It was her father who fought for the rights of people tosettle Town Campsin Alice Springs. In the 1970’sherfamily, the Rubuntjas, along with the Ebatarinjas and the Lynches were the original families to settle Yarrenyty ArltereTown Camp. Marlene has been here ever since and she is proud to call this place home. She is sister to the important watercolourartist Mervyn Rubuntja.Marlene learnt to sew at Yirara College, AliceSprings.Howevershe only began making soft sculptures at Yarrenyty Arltere in 2009. She says she draws inspiration for her soft sculptures from what she sees around her in her daily life at Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp; “some things are good for people and other things make people really mad”. She also draws inspiration from her husband’s country at Wave Hill. Marlene is interested in telling proudly the stories of her people; her art is helping her to do this. Marlene is a proud spokeswoman for the art centre and is happy to tell people how important it is in her life in helping her stay strong and healthy.Marlene has also written the script for both the soft sculpture animations made at the art centre in conjunction with the YALC multi media room. In 2016 Marlene officially opened Desert Mob Exhibition in Alice Springs and in 2017 she was one of three judges for the Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award.

Group Exhibitions
2018 Women Telling Stories Arelhe Altyerre IlemeShort St Gallery Broome
2018 SydneyBiennaleMuseum of Contemporary Art Sydney
2017Artbank Neon Light Sculpture commission, Sydney
2017 Wynscreen moving picture project Wynyard Station Sydney: in collaboration with Cultural Capital, NSW Transport and Leonardo Ortega
2017 National Gallery of Victoria Design Triennial: in collaboration with Estudio Campana, Elbowrkshp and NGV
2017 Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Art Gallery of South Australia
2017Desert MobAraluen Arts Centre Alice Springs
2017 Arrweketye Mape Awethe AkineTangentyere Artists Gallery(Women Back Together Again)
2017 Together our stories are strongerMerricks GeneralStore Gallery Melbourne
2017 Creature CollectionHugo Michell Gallery Adelaide
2017 Where worlds come togetherNomad Gallery Darwin
2016 EtchingsRebecca Hossack New York
2016 Deck the walls Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs
2016 Drawing from the InsideAboriginal and Pacific Art Sydney
2016 Desert MobAraluen Arts Centre Alice Springs
2016 Salon Des RefusesDarwin
2016 Arrweketye Mob: Women MobTangentyereArtists Gallery Alice Springs
2016 AvatarRAFT Artspace Alice Springs
2016 Beauty and the BeastsTalapi Gallery Alice Springs
2016 From our heads and our hands: stories told with colourRed Dot Fine Art Gallery Singapore
2016 Outsider Art FairRebecca Hossack Art Gallery NewYork
2015 Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Art Gallery of South Australia
2015 Selfies ExhibitionTangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs
2015 Desert MobAraluen Arts Centre Alice Springs
2015 Salon Des RefusesDarwin
2015 beautiful good days: making artAboriginal and Pacific Art Sydney
2015 Weare in Wonder LAND:Gallery UNSWnew experimental art from Central Australia
2015 TjulpuTalapi Gallery Alice Springs
2014 figuratively speaking: stories from Aboriginal and Pacific Art SydneyTown Camp artists
2014 we just keep on travelling furtherRed Dot Fine Art Gallery Singapore
2014 selfies exhibitionTangentyere Gallery Alice Springs
2014 Desert MobAraluen Arts Centre Alice Springs
2014 Salon Des RefusesDarwin
2014t his belongs to us, but we Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi Melbournedid it for you
2014 group showAritija fine art Fremantle
2013 desert mobAraluen Arts Centre Alice Springs
2013 with our healing handsAboriginal and Pacific Art Sydney
2013 string theory:Focus on MCA SydneyContemporary Australian art
2013 our way, their wayRAFT Gallery Alice Springs
2013 Good people, strong people, Gallery Nomad Darwinmade this art.
2012 small works Outstation Gallery Darwin
2012 With our hands we tell our storiesAboriginal and Pacific Art Sydneyour way
2012 Desert MobAraluen Arts Centre Alice Springs
2012 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Darwin
2012 Yarrenyty ArltereOpen NightYarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre
2012A fine LineChan Contemporary Art Space Darwin
2012bush animalsGallery Nomad Canberra2012owl exhibitionTali Gallery Sydney
2012CreaturesGallery Gabrielle Pizzi Melbourne
2012“Listen: Tangentyere and Merenda Gallery PerthYarrenyty Arltere Stories.”
2012Healing LarapintaMossenson Gallery Perth
2011 soft sculpturesTali Gallery Sydney2011Desert MobAraluen Arts Centre
2011 soft sculpturesChapman Gallery Canberra
2011Outback PrintsHandmark Gallery, Hobart
2011 Yarrenyty Arltere BirdsGallery Gabrielle Pizzi Melbourne
2011 Yarrenyty Arltere Open NightAlice Springs
2011Faces of LarapintaAraluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2011Melbourne Affordable Art FairTapir Studio Hobart
2011Many Stories to TellGallery Nomad,Darwin Canberra
2010Art from the Heart of Town CampsOutstation Gallery Darwin
2010Yarrenyty Arltere Open NightAlice Springs
2009Yarrenyty ArltereOpen NightAlice Springs

Public Collections
2016Art Gallery of South Australia2015Art Gallery Of New SouthWales
2015Araluen Arts Centre 2014National Gallery of Victoria2014Araluen Arts Centre 2013Maitland Regional Gallery
2012Araluen Arts Centre

Art Awards
2017 Finalist Telstra NATSIAA, MAGNT Darwin
2016 Overall winner Vincent LingiariArt AwardAlice Springs
2011 Final selectionTogart Contemporary Art Award Darwin

Film work
2012Anntenette and Tom
2014Little Dingi
2017Petrol Been Wasting All Our Lives

Artworks of Marlene Rubuntja

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