About the artist
Rita Rolley is from Fregon on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands in the far north-west of South Australia and brings to her artwork a strong connection with her traditional heritage. Rita’s sense of place and independent personality shine through in her artworks which have a contemporary edge created through the use of colour and form while incorporating traditional cultural aspects.
Rita works across many artistic mediums including painting, prints, wood carving as well as Tjanpi weaving. Rita’s Tjanpi baskets and sculptures embody whimsy, humour and a unique creativity.
Rita is a member Tjanpi Desert Weavers, which began in 1995. Tjanpi (meaning grass) is an art centre that supports the production and marketing of baskets, sculptures and seed jewellery made by more than 400 artists from 28 remote communities across three states – Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.