Milyika Carroll

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Alison Milyika Carroll
Born (1958-03-04) 4 March 1958 (age 60)
Ernabella, South Australia
ResidencePukatja, South Australia
NationalityAustralian
Other namesWindlass Carroll
OccupationArtist, designer
Years active1980s – present
OrganizationErnabella Arts
StyleWestern Desert painting, printmaking, batik, ceramics and textiles
Spouse(s)Pepai Carroll
Children5
RelativesDickie Minyintiri (uncle)

Milyika Carroll (born 4 March 1958), often known as Alison Carroll or "Windlass" Carroll, is an Aboriginal Australian artist. She is also a community leader on the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in South Australia.

Life[change | change source]

Milyika was born in 1958, in Ernabella, northwest South Australia. At that time, it was a Presbyterian mission for Aboriginal people.[1] After finishing primary school here, she went to high school in Alice Springs, at Saint Philips College and Yirara College. She moved back to Ernabella after finishing school. She briefly worked at the community's craft centre, making hand-painted bookmarks and gift cards.[2] She also learned to use batik methods, which had been introduced to the community in 1971.[3]

After about one or two years of working at the craft centre, Carroll decided to become a health worker.[2] She did her training in Adelaide,[3] and then went back to Ernabella to work in the clinic. She still worked at the craft centre sometimes, learning under her mother.[2]

Carroll is married to Pepai Carroll, and they have five children.[1]

Community work[change | change source]

Carroll has been involved in the administration of Ernabella Arts for several years. She served as its chairperson from 2001 to 2003,[4] as its manager from 2004 to 2007, and then as chairperson again from 2007 to 2010. She was also the chairperson of Aṉanguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal Corporation from 2004 to 2006, and then became its director. Aṉanguku Arts is the organisation that coordinates and supports development of the art economy on the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Her husband Pepai has also served as the organisation's chairman.[1]

In April 2008, Carroll was chosen to attend the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra, where she and Makinti Minutjukur represented the APY communities.[5] She has since been involved in school administration in Ernabella, including serving as the chairwoman of the Governing Council of Ernabella Aṉangu School since 2011.[6]

Artwork[change | change source]

Carroll is known for painting, printmaking, batik, ceramic and textile works. She uses several printmaking methods, including lithographs, etchings and screen printing.[3] Her painted designs are called walka, which are designs and symbols that mean something to her.[7] They represent her identity and her own view of the world, and are associated with her family's Dreaming legends.[1] The designs are abstract, and come from ancient ceremonial designs (historically painted on the body or rock).[3]

Carroll has had her works held in many public and private galleries both in Australia and other countries.[8][9] Example of her batik works are held in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney,[3] the State Library of South Australia in Adelaide,[10] and the British Museum.[11] The National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia both contain multiple examples of Carroll's printings, etchings, batik works, and textile paintings.[12][13][14]

One of her earliest works, a painting done on paper, was chosen as one of the finalists for the first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 1984.[15] [14] In 2011, Carroll's uncle, Dickie Minyintiri, became one of the oldest people to win the award.[16]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Details of Alison (Milyika) Carroll". Short Street Gallery. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Eickelkamp, Ute (1999). Don't Ask For Stories: The Women From Ernabella And Their Art. Aboriginal Studies Press. p. 85. ISBN 9780855753108.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "95/318/2 Textile length, batik, silk satin, napthol dyes". Powerhouse Museum, Australia. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  4. "Leaders for South Australia (SA)". 2004-05 National Indigenous Women's Leadership Program. Australian Government, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. 21 May 2012 [last update]. Retrieved 7 January 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. "State Plan: representation of women on the APY Executive Board". The Aṉangu Lands Paper Tracker. Uniting Communities. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  6. "Ernabella Annual Report 2011" (PDF). Ernabella Anangu School. 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  7. "Sounds of Summer: Oldest Indigenous Arts Centre celebrates anniversary". Brennan, Alice (reporter); Jackson, Elizabeth (presenter). PM. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ABC Local Radio. 1 January 2009.
  8. Aboriginal Law Research Unit (1997). "Ernabella Arts Trading Pty Ltd". Aboriginal Law Bulletin (University of New South Wales) (78). https://books.google.com/books?id=Nv8sAQAAIAAJ. 
  9. "Anangu participation in the 2020 Summit". The Aṉangu Lands Paper Tracker. Uniting Communities. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  10. "Carpet batiks". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  11. "Textile". The British Museum. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  12. "Works by Alison Carroll". Collection Online. National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  13. "Untitled lithograph by Alison Carroll". Collection Online. National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Carroll, Alison". Collection Online. National Gallery of Australia. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  15. "Alison Milyika Carroll: Design (1984)". 1st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  16. "96 year old artist wins prestigious award". Coggan, Michael (reporter). PM. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ABC Local Radio. 11 August 2011.

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