Yunala, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way
circa 1970 -
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 Yunala, a rockhole and soakage water site situated among sandhills just to the west of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. During ancestral times a group of women camped at this site after travelling from further west. While at Yunala the women camped beside the rockhole, digging for the edible roots of the bush banana or silky pear vine Marsdenia australis, also known as yunala. The sinuous lines in the work represent the yunala tubers growing beneath the ground. The women later continued their travels towards the east, passing through Marrapinti, Ngaminya and Wirrulnga on their way to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).
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 mark, pencil "X". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Not on display
© Yukultji Napangati. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney