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Title

Jilamara design

2014


Artist

Cornelia Tipuamantumirri

Australia

circa 1930 -

Language group

Tiwi, North region


About

Cornelia Tipuamantumirri is a Tiwi artist who works through the Munupi Art Centre at Pularumpi on Melville Island. The Tiwi people of Bathurst and Melville Island, have a distinct culture and they share a visual language known as jilamara (design) based on the innumerable configurations of mulypinyini pwanga (lines and dots). These designs are individually conceived and may be used in ceremony, body painting and artworks.

Tipuamantumirri began painting in 2010, since then she has established herself as an innovative artist. Through 'Jilamara design' 2014, she communicates her personal impression of jilamara, whilst still connecting to the collective and communally shared Tiwi culture.

Tipuamantumerri's detailed dot and line design can be considered as an extension or rather a continuation that follows her previous practice as a skilled weaver. Her works are made with the traditional Tiwi wooden kayimwagamiki (comb), to create lines of ochre dots, in subtle variations of colour and intensity. On the deep black background these undulating lines create areas of shifting light and movement, within the fluid geometry that expands and contract across the canvas.


Details


Place where the work was made

Melville Island Northern Territory Australia


Date

2014


Media category

Painting


Materials used

natural pigment on canvas


Dimensions

180.7 x 120.2 x 3.0 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

611.2014


Artist information

Cornelia Tipuamantumirri

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Melville Island

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history