Marrawa, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way
circa 1959 -
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 depicts designs associated with the swamp site of Marrawa situated slightly west of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). There are also rockholes and soakage waters at this site. During ancestral times a large group of Tingari men travelled to Marrawa from the west, and after arriving at the site, passed beneath the earth’s surface and continued travelling underground. It is also said that a huge ancestral snake sleeps in this swamp.
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 with artist's signature, pencil "(illeg.)". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Not on display
© Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney