Renowned Australian beauty retailer Mecca is embracing the holiday season with a heartwarming collaboration that celebrates art, culture, and the spirit of giving.
Partnering with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and accomplished Yankunytjatjara artist Kaylene Whiskey, Mecca is set to infuse the act of gift-giving with a touch of artistic flair.
Whiskey, an artist known for her vibrant paintings that seamlessly blend Western pop culture with her life in the remote Indulkana community of South Australia, has created a collection of limited-edition Mecca Holiday gift boxes and bags.
These beautifully designed packaging options are now available both in Mecca stores and online, with any purchase.
Whiskey’s artwork is a unique fusion of internationally recognised icons and the captivating desert landscape, inspired by the concept of ‘kungka kunpu‘ – celebrating strong women.
Her art is a testament to her love for pop culture, her deep Anangu roots, and the happiness she finds in creativity.
It bridges traditional culture with the experiences of younger generations, creating a joyful mix of humour.
In her series, Whiskey’s artwork portrays iconic women like Cher, Catwoman and Wonder Woman on repurposed tourist pamphlets. These dazzling depictions blend desert motifs with globally recognised imagery, communicating in both Pitjantjatjara and English through speech bubbles.
A recurring theme in her work is the ancestral story of the Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters), symbolising the power of women. Whiskey’s art celebrates both the ancient and contemporary facets of Aṉangu culture.
To celebrate the collaboration, Mecca held a Holiday gifting suite in Sydney, showcasing Whiskey’s unique art and the retailer’s limited edition Christmas collection.
Images from the event below. Photos: Studio La Tessa.
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