Untitled #624


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.


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

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

b. 1950
Yumara, Western Australia

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa was born at Yumara, north of the Docker River, in Western Australia around 1950. She is a half sister to Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs. Bennett) and full sister to Esther Giles Nampitjinpa, both important artists. Tjawina grew up "in the bush" with her family. After her younger brother died, her family decided to move to the newly established government settleme . . .
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