Sarra Tzijan

Sarra Tzijan is an Indian/Australian artist originally from Naarm/Melbourne, now based in Pukatja/Ernabella.

Tzijan’s education began with a degree in Communication Design (RMIT, 2014) followed by an Advanced Diploma of Object and Jewellery Design (Melbourne Polytechnic, 2016). In 2018 she was selected to undertake an associateship at JamFactory where she continued on as a tenant until 2022.

Tzijan has worked with several Aboriginal Art Centres (Walkatjara, Bula’Bula, Ernabella Arts and Iwiri), adopting diverse roles in studio management. In 2023 she relocated to APY Lands to take on the full-time role as Studio Manager at Ernabella Arts.

Tzijan has been a finalist in the Victorian Craft Awards (2017), Contemporary Wearables (2021), New Taipei City International Metal Crafts Competition (2021) and Profile (2022). She has presented three solo exhibitions. Her practice has been supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts SA, NAVA, Guildhouse and City of Charles Sturt.

PukatjaShed-SNAG copy

Pukatja Shed

Date of Creation: October 25, 2022

List of Materials: Electrical conduit

Dimensions: 10 x 480 x 105 mm

Photographer's Name: Sarra Tzijan

Model's Name: NA

Other Contributors: NA

Conceptual Statement: Beading is a universal language that transcends cultures, communicating a plethora of information around place, identity, status and history.Thi work looks at traditional adornment in a contemporary context. I began by collecting materials that were readily available, which also became a kind of check-in with myself and my environment. The slow and repetitive methods of collecting, arranging and preparing relies heavily on the body and the hands. These repetitive, intimate and ritualistic methods helped me to form strong connections to the land I was on and understand the history and identity of that place.As my physical location shifts, the materials I have access to change and inform the outcome. This work evolved as I began regularly working in Aboriginal Art Centres, and started to construct a narrative of Australia’s history through the lens of these communities; their people and their work. This included constant critique and questioning of colonial structures.

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Untitled(from Ernabella)

Date of Creation: 12/10/2021

List of Materials: Porcelain, sterling silver

Dimensions: Various (320 x 380 x 290mm in Object Image)

Photographer's Name: Nicole Fang

Model's Name: Campbell Herbert

Other Contributors: Ash Weller (hair stylist)Gaetana Marjas (make up)

Conceptual Statement: Beading is a universal language that transcends cultures, communicating a plethora of information around place, identity, status and history.This work looks at traditional adornment in a contemporary context. The slow and repetitive methods of arranging, preparing and stringing relies heavily on the body and the hands. These repetitive, intimate and ritualistic methods helped me to form strong connections to the land I was on and understand the history and identity of that place.As my physical location shifts, the materials I have access to change and inform the outcome. This work evolved as I began regularly working in Aboriginal Art Centres, and started to construct a narrative of Australia’s history through the lens of these communities; their people and their work. This includes constant critique and questioning of colonial structures, histories and spaces.

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