Chriselda Farmer belongs to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group of Western Australia. Born in Alice Springs, she moved to Tjukurla, WA as a little girl with her immediate family. She went to school in Warakuna and there developed a strong interest in the arts.
She comes to Mutitjulu Community to visit her mother’s family and paint with her sisters at Walkatjara Arts. She is also a weaver and intermittent Arts Worker at Tjukurla Arts Centre in Western Australia.
Chriselda was fortunate to be taught basket-making and fibre sculpting by her mother-in-law and prominent Tjanpi artist Nancy Nanana Jackson. She quickly adopted the same Minarri (grass) ‘coil’ style characteristic of the Ngaanyatjarra communities, creating baskets with the Minarri visible between stitches.
Her work has been acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, a great achievement for such a young artist.