Yhonnie Scarce
Kokatha/Nukunu born 1973
Not willing to suffocate 2012 (detail)
glass, painted metal
(1-2) 65.0 x 15.0 x 20.0 cm; (3-4) 65.0 x 15.0 x 20.0 cm; (5-6) 65.0 x 15.0 x 20.0 cm
Collection of the artist, Melbourne
© Yhonnie Scarce and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne

Yhonnie Scarce


Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. In 2004 she received a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in Glassmaking from the South Australian School of Art and subsequently tutored in Indigenous Arts, Culture and Design at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. In 2010 she completed a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University, Melbourne. Scarce’s work, incorporating glass and other materials, often comments on the social and political issues surrounding the ongoing effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people. In 2006 she was a finalist in the 23rd Telstra Aboriginal and Islander Art Award and\ held a solo exhibition Forget Me Not at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide.

Scarce has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions, and was a finalist in the 2007 Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. In 2011 her work featured in Saying No: Reconciling Spirituality and Resistance in Indigenous Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, New York. She is represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, and her work is represented in several Australian state collections.