Narelle Holland

Maruku Arts and Crafts

Narelle Holland is minyma Yarnangu, a senior Aboriginal woman from the Central Western Desert area of Australia. Born in the desert between Tjulun and Mungakatju Rockholes near Wanarn, she grew up with a combination of western and traditional education. For much of her life she has worked tirelessly in various Women’s Centres and Art Centres and is a committed a spokesperson and advocate for her people’s contemporary art forms. As well as being a highly experienced wood carver, Narelle paints with Papulankutja Artists of Blackstone and creates amazing spinifex baskets and sculptures with Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

She has been one of Maruku senior carvers and produces very prolific ‘naked’ bowls.