Thancoupie "Corrup the Kangaroo"
Ceramic 27 cms circumference Year 1994
Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher James AO (1937-2011) was an Australian sculptural artist, educator, linguist and elder of the Thainakuith people in Weipa, in the Western Cape York area of far north Queensland. She was the last fluent speaker of the Thainakuith language and became a pillar of cultural knowledge in her community. Thancoupie played a leading role in First Nations Australian arts, not only in her leadership of ceramics as a form of cultural expression for First Peoples, but was among the first to be recognised as an individual contemporary First Nations artist in Australia. Public recognition of Thancoupie's contribution to art, education and reconciliation has resulted in numerous awards, including the Order of Australia in 2004, the Visual Artist Emeritus Award from the Australian Council for the Arts in 2007, and honorary doctorates from Griffith University and James Cook University.
The National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the Powerhouse Museum as well as all State art galleries and museums in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory.