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Winga (Tidal movement, waves)



Cornelia Tipuamantumirri


circa 1930 – Dec 2022

Language group: Tiwi, North region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melville Island Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Media category
    Materials used
    natural pigments on canvas
    100.0 x 100.0 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2010
    Naala Badu, ground level, Yiribana Gallery
    Accession number
    © Cornelia Tipuamantumirri, courtesy Munupi Arts and Crafts/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Cornelia Tipuamantumirri

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Born c1930, Tiwi, Pularumpi, Melville Island, North region

    Cornelia Tipuamantumirri is a Tiwi artist who works through the Munupi Art Centre at Pularumpi on Melville Island. The Tiwi people of Bathurst and Melville Island, have a distinct culture and they share a visual language known as jilamara (design) based on the innumerable configurations of mulypinyini pwanga (lines and dots). These designs are individually conceived and may be used in ceremony, body painting and artworks.

    Tipuamantumirri began painting in 2010 and her works offer an impressionistic view of country. 'Winga (Tidal movement, waves)' 2012, focuses on the movement of water and the changes this brings, both in terms of the silt that is moved by waves altering the coastline and the varying sea life that accompany the incoming and outgoing tides.

    In the Tiwi tradition Tipuamantumirri’s works are painted with a wooden kayimwagamiki (comb), to create lines of ochre dots, in subtle variations of colour and intensity. On the deep black background these undulating lines create areas of shifting light and movement, reminiscent of the play of sunlight on the sea and the tidal movements of water itself, which Tipuamantumirri is referencing in this work.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Melville Island

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Sarah Couper, Look, 'Our spirits lie in the water', pg. 42, Sydney, Feb 2015, 42 (colour illus.).

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