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



Nyilyari Tjapangati


Language group: Pintupi, Kiwirrkurra

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Papunya Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    etching on Hahnemühle rag paper
    33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "NIEARI". Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2011
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Nyilyari Tjapangati. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
    Artist information
    Nyilyari Tjapangati

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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 depicts designs associated with the salt lake of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). In ancestral times a large group of Tingari men visited this site on their travels towards the east. The men had previously visited the rockhole site of Winparku (Mt Webb) further south. The concentric squares in the etching depict the soakage waters near Winparku, while the jagged lines represent the path of the Tingari Men as they travelled towards Wilkinkarra. This design is also consistent with those used during rain making ceremonies.

    Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.

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    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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