Marissa Angapiya Thompson
Artist Biography:
Marissa is an Indigenous Australian and a proud Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara woman from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankuntjatjara Lands in the central desert. Her childhood was spent growing up in the bush lands of her ancestors' home based in the remote Aboriginal community of Pukatja. Thompson is a talented young ceramic artist and jeweller. She was an integral part of the first two workshops at Ernabella of the Indigenous Jewellery Project. Her jewellery work incorporates resin, traditional timber carvings and designs cast in silver.
Marissa's ceramic style is incredibly precise. Her ceramics are exhibited throughout Australia. In 2019 her work was featured at Aboriginal Contemporary, McCulloch & McCulloch, Nishi Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art and many more.
Creative Concept:

Marissa's artwork is inspired by the Australian bush and her observations of the surrounding nature. A particular favourite is the Australian gum nut or "Tatgu" in the Pitjantjatjara language. For over 60,000 Anangu women have adorned their hair with gum nuts for both fun and ceremony. Her artworks on display relate to her deep connection to the land and its beauty.