Kaylene is based on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, in a remote Indigenous community of South Australia and is one of 40 contemporary artists from Iwantja Arts. In her famously playful style, Kaylene created a series of artworks for MECCA’s holiday packaging, combining traditional references from her Anangu culture alongside some of her favourite pop-culture icons!
Kaylene says her joyful works are inspired by kungka kunpu (strong women) — from Wonder Woman to Elders in her community — depicting ‘everyone together, looking good’.
‘I wanted young girls to see my art and see themselves, strong and proud kungkas, looking good and feeling happy! I paint lots of kungka kunpu and I paint them on my Country, visiting me in my community, or going hunting and looking for bush tucker,’ she says.
You’ll be able to spot Kaylene’s distinctive artworks across MECCA’s limited-edition gift boxes, packaging, and signature line collections, in addition to 100 store windows.
But the annual artist collaboration, in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, also means the gallery will acquire a Kaylene Whiskey masterpiece. It’s all part of MECCA’s social change program, M-POWER, and its support of women in the arts.
We can’t think of a more wholesome or happy campaign to bring on the holiday season!