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Title

Watanuma (Flying Ants Dreaming)

1977


Artist

Kaapa Tjampitjinpa

Australia

circa 1920 - 1989

Language groups

Anmatyerr, Central Desert region, Warlpiri, Central Desert region, Arrernte, Central Desert region


About

Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjimpa was born and raised along with his cousins Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri at Napperby Station, north-west of Mparntwe (Alice Springs), where he worked primarily as a stockman until moving to the settlement of Papunya in the late 1950s. Tjampitjinpa was the principal artist of the painting of the Papunya School murals and became the first chairman of the Papunya Tula Artists Cooperative in 1972

'Watanuma (Flying Ants Dreaming)' depicts the airborne travels of an elderly man, relating to the Flying Ant. He travelled from the far east through to Anmatyerr lands and then on to Warlpiri country. The man landed upon solid ground for the last time west of Yuendumu, 400 kms north west of Alice Springs, his land travels created creeks before retreating to a cave as his final resting place.

The flying ant is the winged stage of the termite, commonly viewed as a destructive force. However 'Watanuma (Flying Ants Dreaming)' acknowledges the important role the insects play in the ecology of country.


Details


Date

1977


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

160.0 x 180.0 cm


Credit

Donated by Katherine and Christopher Goodnow through the Cultural Gifts Program, in memory of Professor Jacqueline Goodnow AC 2015


Location

Not on display


Accession number

14.2015


Artist information

Kaapa Tjampitjinpa

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Central and Western Desert