Tjungu Palya, SA
Pat Corrigan Collection, NSW
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tjungu Palya, SA
Wingu was born at a rockhole called Nyumun, in the Western Desert of Western Australia in the 1920s. She travelled by foot with her mother and father to the mission at Ernabella, where she worked spinning sheep’s wool. Just 5 years before her death in 2010, she moved to Nyapari in South Australia and later Irrunytju in Western Australia, where she began painting.
This is Kungkarrakalpa, a sacred place for the Seven Sisters story. The sisters were travelling through this country. Wati Nyiiru was chasing them all over. He was a Ngankuri (magician) and could change into many forms to trick the sisters. He changed into a quandong tree, but when the sisters tasted it they knew it wasn’t quite right.Share