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Title

Ura Kngarra Mpintjama (A Big Fire is Coming)

2020


Artist

Judith Inkamala

Australia

24 Feb 1948 -

Language group

Western Arrarnta, Central Desert region


About

“I made this pot because I saw the fires on the television and I was sad. I was feeling lonely because all of the houses were burning and the animals, some died. Koala's burned, all the new cars burned and all the marna (food) burned. When that big fire came closer the people went out and they took a little bit of clothes, a little bit of food. They walked out, they walked away from their pmara (home). On the way out they met the fire people and the Fire's said "Keep going." Some people cry, Kunya'ntjarra (poor things). Old people, young people, they all cried because their homes were burning. Maybe they moved all the people from aged care and took them somewhere safe. I was feeling really worried about all the people. All my family was really sad. Everyone was sad because it is a true story. Really, really true.” Judith Inkamala


Details


Place where the work was made

Hermannsburg Northern Territory Australia


Date

2020


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

terracotta and underglazes


Dimensions

44.0 x 31.0 cm


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Mollie Douglas Bequest Fund 2020


Location

Not on display


Accession number

149.2020.a-b


Artist information

Judith Inkamala

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Hermannsburg