"The title of this piece is KALKATUNGU country. We paint our traditional homelands heavily focusing on the landscape because it is very special to us, this country is where our father and our mother call home, we were raised here and it's where we are raising our children also, I remember as a child always being surrounded by Aunties and Uncles and now reliving fond memories of our numerous bush trips piled in the back of our 11 seater troop carrier, camped under the stars, eating bush tucker, and listening to our family sing around the camp fire.
This country is very rough and rugged, the heat has twisted and folded back on its self and the ochres have been pushed up from the depths with gold and silver and many other minerals which gives us the most unique mineral belt in the world. The peach covered skies mixed with the blues, pinks and purples, points us the well known Kalkadoon sunsets."
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Cungelella Art was founded in 2019 by Glenda McCulloch as a vehicle for sharing her culture through modern Aboriginal art. It soon expanded as a collaboration to include Glenda’s sisters - Jaunita, Dale and Cheryl. Not only was the opportunity for business expansion presented as the demand for their art increased - the sisters were able to create a venture that allowed them to work closely together and spend quality time together as a family creating a legacy through their artwork.
From a young age the sisters were surrounded by artists and creatives; from their grandparents to their uncles and aunties who enjoyed teaching them about carvings and paintings on different artifacts and traditional art of the region. They’ve taken this traditional knowledge to create a unique modern take on contemporary Aborigial art that reflects the rugged ranges and native fauna and flora that surrounds their Kalkadoon home. They take inspiration from the ancient rock faces, red dirt and spinifex covered hills of the country and colours of the sky painted a peachy orange at sunset and beautiful old rustic gum trees that flourish in this harsh country are reflected through their works.