Tali (sandhills) at Talaalpi
This print from Northern Editions at the Northern Territory University is from a series that introduces some new artists and charts the expansion of established artist's repertoires into printmaking. The prints were all produced during 1999. Printmaking is one of the most exciting areas of contemporary Aboriginal art practice.
Older artists can experience new media and produce limited editions on paper whose imagery they previously painted on canvas or board or perhaps carved in wood. Printmaking affords such artists a continuity of traditional practice while often producing very different contemporary images.
Artists from many indigenous communities have produced prints at the printmaking workshop of Northern Editions at the Northern Territory University.
Alice Nampitjinpa from Ikuntji Women's Centre is an established painter who has recently begun printmaking. In this print she has captured the visual essence of sandhills. By depicting sandhills seen at a distance, or the marks left on the surface of the sandhill by the action of wind and water, the artist gives this print several levels of interpretation.
"'Tali at Talaalpi' ... depicts Talaalpi, a swamp to the east of Walungirru, Kintore. This is Alice's birthplace and her father's country, 'Ngurrapalangu', which is porcupine jukurrpa. The sandhills are very important to Alice, who paints them repetitively, retelling the many stories associated with this area. One of the stories of Talaalpi is when the porcupine was travelling through sandhills and passing near two carpet snakes (kuniya kutjarra) who were living underneath the water. In the etching Alice has identified the sandhills or 'tali' as thin repetitive stripes as in the marks made in the sand left by wind. "Every day the porcupine comes up to the rock hole: he is sitting, drinking, walking and eating tucker" - Alice Nampitjinpa.", excerpt from 'Land Mark: Mirror Mark', Northern Editions, Darwin, 2000.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
sugarlift aquatint on white wove paper
49.2 x 90.0 cm platemark
Signature & date
Signed l.r. below platemark, pencil "ALICE". Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2000
Not on display
© Alice Nampitjinpa. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Where the work was made
Central and Western Desert
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Art and place: collecting contemporary art at Northern Territory University, Northern Territory University Art Gallery, Darwin, May 1999 -
Land Mark: Mirror Mark:
Title Deeds: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Works from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Jul 2000–05 Nov 2000
Contemporary Australian prints from the collection (2004), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2004–06 Jun 2004
Referenced in 2 publications
Rose Cameron, Land Mark: Mirror Mark, 'Ikuntji Arts Centre, Haast's Bluff', pg. 53-54, Darwin, 2000, 53, 54 (colour illus.). This version is an uneditioned printer's proof printed in red ink in 1998. The work was then editioned and the Gallery's version is from this edition.
Anne Ryan, Contemporary Australian prints from the collection, Sydney, 2004. cat.no. 35