New Collaboration with Kaylene Whiskey

Our Collaboration with Kaylene Whiskey

Third Drawer Down in partnership with @iwantja_arts presents a collection of exclusive homewares by the magnificent and super talented Kaylene Whiskey. Born in Indulkana, a remote Aboriginal community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in north-west South Australia.  Kaylene Whiskey's childhood was pre-internet and the 80s were pretty inspirational, MTV, RAGE and pop culture created a world of stories and comic book style canvases.


Kaylene makes you want to dance inside your mind and wear a coat of many colours. She celebrates strong woman and merges fancy pop with her daily life and personal experiences. Community is a massive part of her visual language – whimsical yet strong in message – have a good time but look after your sisters.

You rock Kaylene Whiskey – I dedicate this song for you


AC: When did you realise you wanted to be an artist?


  • There are lots of great artists in my family and when I was younger I was always hanging out in the Iwantja Arts art centre in Indulkana Community and watching them make paintings and working on my own little arts and crafts projects. It was just natural for me to become an artist, I’ve always loved making things and especially things that make the people who see them feel happy.

  • AC: If you could meet Dolly Parton what would you talk about?


  • I’ve been thinking about meeting Dolly Parton for a long time now, you know – what would it be like if Dolly came and visited me in Indulkana? I’ve got too many questions for Dolly, but I might just start by asking if she wants a cup of tea? Any milk? Or sugar? Then I’d love to ask her all about some of my favourite songs, ‘Coat of Many Colours’, ‘Jolene’, ‘9 to 5’.

  • AC : What have you been obsessing about lately?


  • I’ve been thinking a lot about all the strong women – pop stars like Dolly Parton and Tina Turner, superheroes like Wonder Woman and strong influences for me like my mother and aunties. I’ve been celebrating these women in my paintings and bringing them all together for a good time.

    AC: What artist turned your world upside-down as a teenager?

  • My grandfather Whiskey Tjukangku was a wonderful artist. He was a really respected tjilpi (senior cultural man) and I used to spend a lot of time watching him paint when I was younger. Other than the artists in my own family, the main influences I had when I was younger were more from TV, movies and comic books – anything fun, colourful and exciting like film clips of pop stars on RAGE, TV shows like Monkey Magic and Wonder Woman and movies like Mad Max, Sister Act and Wizard of Oz.  

    AC: If you could ask one question to every person on Earth, what would it be?


    - Who is your favourite pop-star of all time, and why? You’ve got to think about the outfits, the dance moves, the songs, film-clips, album covers - everything. My answer to this would change all the time!


    Excerpt from Abigail Crompton - Truth Bomb book published by Thames and Hudson Australia and USA 2020

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