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Title

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


Artist

Doreen Reid Nakamarra

Australia

circa 1955 - 2009

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:

The design in this etching is associated with the rockhole site of Marrapinti, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. The lines represent the creek at the site and the sandhills that surround it. In ancestral times a group of women of the Nangala and Napangati kinship subsections camped at this site during their travels towards the east. While at the site the women made nose bones, also known as marrapinti, which are worn through a hole made in the nose web. During ceremonies relating to Marrapinti the older women pierced the nasal septums of the younger women who were participating in the ceremony. Nose bones were originally used by both men and women but are now only inserted by the older generation on ceremonial occasions. Upon completion of the ceremonies at Marrapinti the women continued their travels east passing through Wala Wala, Ngaminya and Wirrulnga, before heading north-east to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).


Details


Place where the work was made

Papunya Northern Territory Australia


Date

2009


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching 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.l. corner verso, pencil "Michael Reid/ on behalf of/ Doreen Reid Nakamarra/ Paul Sweeney". Not dated.


Credit

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

421.2011.35


Artist information

Doreen Reid Nakamarra

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Papunya