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Title

Watanuma (Flying Ants Dreaming)

1977

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Central and Western Desert Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Anmatyerr/Warlpiri/Arrente, Papunya, Central Desert region
    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
    Copyright
    © Estate of Kaapa Tjampitjinpa
    Artist information
    Kaapa Tjampitjinpa

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Central and Western Desert

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