Ngaminya, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way
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 rockhole site of Ngaminya, just south of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. The rows of parallel lines in the etching represent the tali (sandhills) in the area around Ngaminya. In ancestral times a group of women camped at this site collecting the edible berries known as kampurarrpa, or desert raisin, that grow on the small shrub Solanum centrale. These berries can be eaten straight from the bush but are sometimes ground into a paste and cooked in the coals to form a type of damper. The rocky outcrop at this site is said to have been formed from huge mounds of these berries. Upon completion of the ceremonies at Ngaminya the women continued their travels east to Wirrulnga and then on 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, pencil "Payu". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Not on display
© Payu Napaltjarri. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney