Artist: Betty Muffler

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In the midst of Australia’s lockdown, the Vogue Australia team collaborated with the National Gallery of Australia to commission Anangu / Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara woman, spiritual healer and artist, Betty Muffler to bring hope to life. (or bring us hope). ‘Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) 2020’ is the first original fine artwork to feature on the cover of Vogue Australia in its 60 year history and is on display at the National Gallery of Australia for all to view.

As an artist and Ngangkari (healer), Muffler, who is now in her 70s, knows the power of finding hope in adversity. Growing up in country near Watarru, on the border of South Australia and the Northern Territory, she is a survivor of the Maralinga bombings that took members of her family in the 1950s and 60s. The impact of these nuclear tests remains today. With her surviving family members, including her sisters and aunties, Muffler relocated to the Ernabella Mission situated in the Musgrave Ranges on Pitjantjatjara country.

Learn more about Aboriginal Art

Indigenous art is centered on story telling. It is used as a chronical to convey knowledge of the land, events and beliefs of the Aboriginal people. The use of symbols is an alternate way to writing down stories of cultural significance, teaching survival and use of the land.

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