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Title

Winga (Tidal movement, waves)


Artist

Cornelia Tipuamantumirri

Australia

circa 1930 -

Language group

Tiwi, North region


About

Born c1930, Tiwi, Pularumpi, Melville Island, North region

Cornelia Tipuamantumirri is a Tiwi artist who works through the Munupi Art Centre at Pularumpi on Melville Island. The Tiwi people of Bathurst and Melville Island, have a distinct culture and they share a visual language known as jilamara (design) based on the innumerable configurations of mulypinyini pwanga (lines and dots). These designs are individually conceived and may be used in ceremony, body painting and artworks.

Tipuamantumirri began painting in 2010 and her works offer an impressionistic view of country. 'Winga (Tidal movement, waves)' 2012, focuses on the movement of water and the changes this brings, both in terms of the silt that is moved by waves altering the coastline and the varying sea life that accompany the incoming and outgoing tides.

In the Tiwi tradition Tipuamantumirri’s works are painted with a wooden kayimwagamiki (comb), to create lines of ochre dots, in subtle variations of colour and intensity. On the deep black background these undulating lines create areas of shifting light and movement, reminiscent of the play of sunlight on the sea and the tidal movements of water itself, which Tipuamantumirri is referencing in this work.


Details


Place where the work was made

Melville Island Northern Territory Australia


Cultural origin

Tiwi


Date

2012


Media category

Painting


Materials used

natural pigments on canvas


Dimensions

100.0 x 100.0 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2012


Accession number

375.2012


Artist information

Cornelia Tipuamantumirri

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Melville Island

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Sarah Couper, Look, 'Our spirits lie in the water', pg. 42, Sydney, Feb 2015, 42 (colour illus.).