Yunala, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way
Ray James Tjangala
circa 1958 -
In addition to showcasing the quality of Papunya Tula Artists as a whole, this suite of etchings emphasises the strength of each individual artist as they successfully translate their Tjukurrpa to the new medium of printmaking. Far from being a mere copy of their paintings in a different scale and medium each artists adapts their visual language to this new process with apparent ease, resulting in bold, confident works that are extraordinary in themselves, and when combined as a suite, are truly amazing.
The art centre documentation for this work states:
This etching relates to the soakage water site of Yunala, west of Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. In ancestral times a large group of Tingari Men camped at this site before continuing their travels further east to Pinari, north-west of Kintore community. While at Yunala they gathered the edible roots of the bush banana or silky pear vine Marsdenia australis, also known as yunala, which is plentiful in the region. The designs in the etching represent body paint worn during ceremonies relating to Yunala. Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.
etching on Hahnemühle rag paper
33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath platemark, in pencil "RAY JAMES". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
© Ray James Tjangala. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney