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Title

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

2009

Artist

Naata Nungurrayi

Australia

circa 1932 –

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 with artist's mark, pencil "X". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    421.2011.37
    Copyright
    © Naata Nungurrayi. 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 depicts designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Marrapinti, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. The tali (sandhills) and puli (rocky outcrops) surrounding Marrapinti are represented by the lines in the etching. In ancestral times a large group of senior women travelled from Marrapinti to the rockhole site of Ngaminya in the east. While at Marrapinti the women made the nose bones, also know as marrapinti, which are worn through a hole made in the nose web. These nose bones were originally used by both men and women but are now only inserted by the older generation on ceremonial occasions. As the women continued their travels east they gathered the edible berries known as kampurarrpa or desert raisin from the small shrub Solanum centrale. These berries can be eaten straight from the bush but are sometimes ground into a paste and cooked in the coals to form a type of damper.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Papunya

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