Kaylene Whiskey

  • Born 1976 in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia.
  • Based in Indulkana, Australia.

The art of Kaylene Whiskey incorporates pop culture references alongside traditional Anangu culture, in a playful interpretation of the artistʼs personal experience of contemporary life in a remote Central Australian Indigenous community.

Kayleneʼs practice links the traditional culture of her communityʼs Elders with the experience of the younger generation who have grown up with contemporary outside influences like Coca Cola and music videos.

Kaylene portrays iconic figures such as Dolly Parton and Tina Turner, in a celebration of heroic women and the sisterhood. These pop culture icons are frequently transplanted into remote desert community landscapes, interacting with native plants and wildlife and engaging in traditional Anangu activities like hunting, collecting bush tucker and cultivating mingkulpa (native tobacco plant). Created to a soundtrack of classic rock, pop and country music, Kayleneʼs artworks are rich in irreverent humour, with the artist bringing together two very different cultures and generations, inviting everyone to come together to have some fun.

  • Seven Sisters Song, 2021
  • Collection of National Gallery of Victoria
  • Courtesy of the artist, Iwantja Arts and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery