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Title

Thepa Mapa

2018


Artist

Judith Inkamala

Australia

21 Apr 1947 -

Language group

Western Arrarnta


About

Like many of the Hermannsburg potters, Judith Inkamala has been strongly influenced by the style of painting made famous by Albert Namatjira and his peers in the 1940s, and continued by subsequent generations. Originally these paintings were captured in watercolour on paper. When Hermannsburg Potters was established in 1993 artists in the region transferred the style to their ceramic works. Over time they have established a unique format for their pots which sees vast panoramas of country captured on the body of the pots, with distinct figurative elements adorning the lids. Typically, there is a focus on flora and fauna with a hero subject from the imagery being repeated in sculptural form on the lid. However; artists have also depicted an array of subjects from football players, scenes from the mission days, stockman days and retelling of moments in Albert Namatjira’s life.
Thepa Mapa sees Inkamala delve into her pictorial library of pots to create one that shows all of the birds that live on her country with her favourite bird, the magpie, as the centrepiece. She depicts the waterhole that the birds tend to stay close to while also referring to the different birds that people eat.


Details


Place where the work was made

Hermannsburg Northern Territory Australia


Date

2018


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

terracotta pinch pot and underglazes


Dimensions

60.0 x 39.0 cm


Credit

Mollie Douglas Bequest Fund 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

530.2018.a-b


Artist information

Judith Inkamala

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Hermannsburg