Marrapinti #623


This painting depicts the creation events at the rockhole site of Marrapinti, west of Kiwirrkurra, Western Australia. A group of senior women camped at this site, they gathered Kampuarra (Bush Raisin) which are ground to make a kind of traditional damper. This site is also associated with nose piercing rituals for the Pintupi women.

The grid design of the painting literally represents a symbolic map of the Western Desert region and each section depicts ancestral activities that were part of the formation of the present day environment.


Painted for Yanda Aboriginal Art, Alice Springs NT, Australia, 2010;
Acquired by Leslie Smith Gallery Amsterdam, 2011 

Lorna Ward Napanangka

b. 1961
Papunya, Northern Territory

Lorna Ward Napanangka was born in 1961 in Papunya. Her father is Timmy Payungka Tjapangati, a painter belonging to the first generation of the Papunya Tula Artists collective. Lorna began painting in 1996. From 1999 onwards, only three years after she started painting, her standing started to rise following her participation in the collaborative artwork "Kiwirrkurra Women’s Painting" fo . . .
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