synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
12 x 17 cm
Provenance Papunya Tjupi Arts, NT Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
Exhibited Songlines Coo-ee Christmas 2012, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW Sydney December 2012 Story This painting depicts designs connected to the sacred site of Karrinyarra, to the North of Papunya. This is a Kapi Tjukurrpa (water dreaming) and Yalka Tjukurrpa (bush onion) place. This is a place where the women collect yalka. If present, concentric circles represent waterholes or yalka. Often women are depicted as U shapes, with their wana or digging stick and oval shaped coollamon by their side.
Bush onions may be eaten raw or cooked after removing the hard casing. They are a small onion sedge with corms on shallow roots, the size of a small shallot. The women would perform a traditional ceremony in honour of the bush onion where they dance and paint their breast, chest and forearms in ceremonial body designs. They also decorate their bodies with feathers and dance with ceremonial objects such as nulla nullas (ceremonial dancing baton).
Papunya Tjupi Arts is an Aboriginal owned, community based enterprise, representing over 100 artists. We encourage the sharing of knowledge and skills to foster self-determination and cultural development. This is done through arts practice, community activities, meaningful employment and training opportunities. 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.