Ngaminya, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way
circa 1932 -
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 to the south-west of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Autsralia. In ancestral times a group of women camped at this site, collecting the edible berries known as kampurarrpa or desert raisin from 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 Ngaminya 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 later north 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
© Naata Nungurrayi. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney