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Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

Untitled #624

Acrylic on canvas
244 x 488 cm
(96.1 x 192.1 in)

2010

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This painting depicts the activities associated with a location known as 'Punkilpirri'. This site is located near Tjawina's homeland between Warakurna and Tjurkurrla on the Northern Territory/Western Australia borders. The symbols and icons in this painting are associated with activities conducted at important water and ceremonial sites. Bush foods or 'mai' were preparedduring ceremonial rituals. The mythological serpent 'wanampi' believed to have created all sources of water, is depicted by the curving lines flowing troughout this painting.

The representation of landforms such as ‘puli’ (rocks and hills) and tali (flat country) depicted by parallel lines, is associated with the physical and spiritual connection to the earth and an also be seen in decoration such as body scarification, ground designs and incised wooden implements.



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