Zaachariaha Fielding announced as WINNER of Wynne Art Prize

Zaachariaha Fielding announced as WINNER of Wynne Art Prize
We are so thrilled to share that Zaachariaha Fielding has been announced as the WINNER of the Wynne Prize 2023 for his painting 'Inma', which depicts the sounds of Mimili, a small community in the eastern part of the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

Fielding says, "This is a memory that I was able to document which happened in Paraulpi. It’s a place that’s like the Sydney Opera House for the APY Lands! It’s where people come to embrace and celebrate children, teaching them how to move and mimic their clan emblem, and, for Mimili, this has always been the maku (witchetty grub)."

Fielding presents Mimili through his childhood lens, recalling how he observed inma (song and dance) and movement. He says, "The atmosphere of this work is full of sound, movement and teaching. All of the communities [are] coming together, shar[ing] their storylines. However, this platform is only for children. This is for the babies and it’s about them being taught by the masters, their Elders."

Fielding literally weaves Pitjantjatjara language into this work, using the teaching between grandchildren and grandparents as a stylistic element to outline and define the artist’s view of Country.

Congratulations Zaachariaha!

Zaachariaha will be presenting new work at Hugo Michell Gallery in October as part of the 2023 Tarnanthi Festival. Contact us to register your interest.

Pictured: Zaachariaha Fielding, Inma, acrylic on linen, 198.5 x 306.2 cm