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Tjapaltjarri Untitled

acrylic on linen

152.5 x 122.4 cm

This painting depicts designs associated with Yunala, a creek and rockhole site west of Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia. Edible tubers of the silky pear vine, also known as yunala, grow along the creek, and the lines in this painting represent the roots of the plant. In ancestral time, a large group of Tingari women camped here to dig the tubers before travelling northwest to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).

Tjapaltjarri, 2022