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Title

Kanpa

2018

Artist

Myrtle Pennington

Australia

1939 –

Language group: Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

Alternate image of Kanpa by Myrtle Pennington
Alternate image of Kanpa by Myrtle Pennington
Alternate image of Kanpa by Myrtle Pennington
Alternate image of Kanpa by Myrtle Pennington
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Western Australia Australia
    Cultural origin
    Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region
    Date
    2018
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on linen
    Dimensions
    200.0 x 137.0 cm
    Credit
    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2018
    Location
    None
    Accession number
    532.2018
    Copyright
    © Myrtle Pennington/Copyright Agency

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    Myrtle Pennington

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  • About

    Myrle Pennington was born c1939 near the Kanpa waterhole deep in the heart of central Spinifex country. Pennington came to painting late in her life and rapidly developed a distinct style. Pennington holds birthright and cultural authority to paint the significant women’s sites of Mulpalya and Kanpa, related to the Pititjalili Tjukurpa (Scorpian Creation Line) involving conflict between Minyma Pititjalili (Scorpian Woman) and Minyma Wanatjtiti (Centipede Woman). She paints Kanpa in this piece, the place of her birth. It’s a men’s site that she would not have been able to see or source water from. Her thick dabbing of paint and on canvas mixing of colours mimic the organic dispersion of colour and textures that occur in the landscape. Her bold shapes encapsulate and divide her canvas into segments of accented brave colour combinations that are both the landscape and her body memory at once.

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    Where the work was made

    Western Australia