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Title

Ngatjapirritji, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way


Artist

Joseph Tjapaltjarri

Australia

circa 1952 -

Language group

Pintupi, Western Desert region


About

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 soakage water site of Ngatjapirritji, south of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. In ancestral times a large group of Tingari men camped at this site before travelling north-east to Tarkul, north of Winparku (Mt Webb). As the men travelled they passed through the site of Yunala, where they dug for the edible roots of the bush banana or silky pear vine Marsdenia australis, also known as yunala, which is plentiful in the region. While at Yunala the men also gathered bark from the sandhill rattlepod shrub Crotalaria cunninghamii. This bark is used to make sandals which are worn when the sand is very hot. The sinuous lines in the etching depict the bark that is yet to be made into sandals.
Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.


Details


Place where the work was made

Papunya Northern Territory Australia


Date

2009


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour aquatint on Hahnemühle rag paper


Edition

1/40


Dimensions

33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "JOSEPH". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011


Location

Not on display


Accession number

421.2011.33


Artist information

Joseph Tjapaltjarri

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Papunya