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An image of Karrilwarra by Naata Nungurrayi

Naata Nungurrayi

(Australia circa 1932 – )

Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region
Karrilwarra, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way
Place of origin
PapunyaNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Materials used
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
Accession number
© Naata Nungurrayi. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

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 relating to the rockhole site of Karrilwarra, west of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. This site has a dreaming that relates to the journey of two kuniya (python) ancestors who travelled to Karrilwarra from far in the east. When the snakes reached Karrilwarra they dug into the ground and created rockholes and soakage waters that still remain at the site. During ancestral times a large group of women also travelled to Karrilwarra and camped in the same area before continuing their travels further east to the site of Marrapinti, and later north-east to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). While at Karrilwarra the women dug for the edible tubers known as yunala from the bush banana vine Marsdenia australis.