An image of Bird with wings

Rhonda Sharpe

(Australia 08 Jan 1977 – )

Alice Springs, Central Desert region
Language group
Luritja, Central Desert region

Bird with wings

Not on display
Further information

Rhonda Sharpe is renowned for her paintings that capture the vibrancy of her experience living in Larrapinta Valley. However in recent years, Sharpe has attracted wide acclaim for her soft whimsical sculptures and print making. As Rhonda’s confidence as an artist grows so too does her subject matter. Rhonda excels at producing characters that reflect her life and experiences of living in Alice Springs, such as birds, human figures, self portraits and even extraterrestrial beings.

She works with the art centre Yarrenyty Arltere, which is located in Larapinta Valley Town Camp in Alice Springs, the centre works with Western Arrernte and Luritja artists. Central to the practice of the artists working at the centre is soft sculptures, which are crafted from recycled woollen blankets dyed with local plants and rusted pieces of metal. The blankets are then used as the base material to create unique and innovative sculptures. With the addition of embellished details such as feathers, beads and intricate stitching, these sculptures transcend the modest materials that they are created with.

The diversity of practice within the Yarrenyty Arltere art centre includes animation and short films. Using this cinematic awareness, Sharpe sculpts her characters with an anticipation of movement, 'Bird with wings' 2015 is poised in preparation for flight.

Place of origin
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Luritja/Central Desert region
44.0 x 33.5 x 13.0 cm 51.0 x 33.5 x 13.0 cm including stand
Signature & date

not signed, not dated

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2015
Accession number
© the artist, courtesy Yarrenyty Arltere Artists