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Title

Yunala , from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way

2009

Artist

Ray James Tjangala

Australia

circa 1958 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Papunya Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    2009
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    etching on Hahnemühle rag paper
    Edition
    1/40
    Dimensions
    33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. beneath platemark, in pencil "RAY JAMES". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    421.2011.17
    Copyright
    © Ray James Tjangala. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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  • About

    In addition to showcasing the quality of Papunya Tula Artists as a whole, this suite of etchings emphasises the strength of each individual artist as they successfully translate their Tjukurrpa to the new medium of printmaking. Far from being a mere copy of their paintings in a different scale and medium each artists adapts their visual language to this new process with apparent ease, resulting in bold, confident works that are extraordinary in themselves, and when combined as a suite, are truly amazing.

    The art centre documentation for this work states:

    This etching relates to the soakage water site of Yunala, west of Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. In ancestral times a large group of Tingari Men camped at this site before continuing their travels further east to Pinari, north-west of Kintore community. While at Yunala they gathered the edible roots of the bush banana or silky pear vine Marsdenia australis, also known as yunala, which is plentiful in the region. The designs in the etching represent body paint worn during ceremonies relating to Yunala. Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Papunya

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