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Mutuka Rikina! (Flash Car!)

Melissa King, Margaret Smith
Tjanpi (desert grass), hand-dyed raffia, acrylic wool, wire, repurposed metal and plastic from discarded prams, trolleys, toys and abandoned cars,
40 x 55.5 x 124 cm
Tjanpi Desert Weavers


This is our little family car, reminds me of my black Commodore that we used to drive around. Now I’ve got a grey Commodore. I was going to do a different colour, but I chose pink because pink is my daughter’s favourite colour. In our Commodore we go out bush, get bush honey and cook kangaroo tails, see waterholes. Sometimes I teach my son to drive. I love driving around, listening to music. I love Holden Commodores! Technical assistance provided by Emma Franklin and Lucy Smith.

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