synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
12 x 17 cm
Provenance Iwantja Arts & Crafts, N.T Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
Exhibited: Songlines Coo-ee Christmas 2012, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW Sydney December 2012 Story Artists across the APY Lands are well known for painting walka, a semi-abstract style of painting. Walka describes any meaningful mark or pattern that is painted on the body during inma (ceremony), on rocks or cave walls, and drawn into the sand in a storytelling game known as milpatjunani. Important traditional symbols are still placed within these works, including tjukula (rockholes represented by concentric circles), claypans and creek beds. Tjukula are important water sources for desert people. They are dotted all over the landscape and Anangu know exactly how to reach these often unassuming landmarks. Each tjukula usually relates to an ancient tjukurpa (dreaming) story and each has been formed for a specific reason. Often Anangu bring an offering to appease the spirit living in the rockhole, and the spirits in return will give food sources to Anangu. Surrounding the rockholes are sandhills, claypans and travel lines. Purchase Details This work, as part of Coo-ee's Christmas show, Songlines: Coo-ee Christmas is available for sale from 3pm the 24th November at the exhibition opening and not before. So first in, best dressed! If you are unable to make the exhibition opening, simply register your interest via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 9300 9200. Please send through a 'wish list' of works in preference order and specify how many works in total you want. We will endeavour to get you the works of your choosing but are unable to guarantee this. This exhibition is designed to be a bit of fun for Christmas so I hope you enjoy it. The works will sell out quickly so be sure to get in first.