Kathleen Kemarre Wallace is an Eastern Arrernte elder, artist and educator with a 45 plus year career as a cultural mentor and teacher. Her paintings and stories are widely collected and represent her homelands and the relationships of Eastern Arrernte to the sociocultural traditions and systems within those homelands. They provide an invitation for others to learn more of the extant cultures of homelands in this region and her work speaks directly to the power of her storytelling practices. Kathleen has collaborated with academic and researcher Jude Lovell for over 15 years.
Together Wallace and Lovell produced the book of Wallace’s paintings, stories, and life story in Listen Deeply, let these stories in (2009). Most recently they brought together a series of public works in response to the project Monumental in a small-town way which attracted some 20 co-respondents to explore themes of identity, perception, and stories of (this) place. Wallace and Lovell have explored the ethic of transcultural design in a lino print called Monstrous Breaches (2018-limited edition) and have published a journal article exploring the ethic of transcultural collaboration in art and story-making.