Art provides the world with a sensory experience like no other and to view some of the great artworks of our time, is a privilege. Often we see paintings and sculptures in stark isolation and in surroundings that provide a deep contrast rather than being a complement to the artwork.
Interface has been fortunate to host a series of indigenous artworks and helped to expand the story telling of these pieces by custom colouring standard floor tiles to provide a complementary environment for each of the paintings.
Artists including Yannima Tommy Watson, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Naata Nungurrayi and Wentja Napaltjarri displayed their works at Interface at what was called Meeting Place. These artists are known as the great masters of the desert movement. Each of their paintings tells a story imbued with the extensive knowledge of the dreamtime myths passed down from one generation to another. They are the song lines, musical maps that tell the truth of the landscape, they are the songs that their ancestors have given them. Everything is linked to the country.
Interface’s custom coloured carpet tiles helped these paintings – and their individual stories – come to life. As these artworks have helped to inspire and capture the imagination of people around the world, so too did they help to inspire the Interface designers to provide a creative backdrop – a place where art meets design.