Yanda Aboriginal Art, NT
Harvey Galleries, NSW Cat No. H12188
Cooee Art, NSW
Accompanied by three working photographs and one with the artist holding the completed artwork
Naata Nungurrayi was about 30 years of age when she was brought with her family to Papunya in 1964. Forced to leave behind her beloved desert homelands, the memory of these places and the life she led there provided the inspiration and the subject matter for her paintings after she began working with Papunya Tula Artists in 1996.
Naata’s paintings combine the carefully composed geometric style that developed at Papunya amongst the Pintupi painting men, with a looser technique and more painterly organic style introduced by the women after the painting camps of the early and mid 1990s.
This work depicts designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Marrapinti, to the west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. The lines depict sandhills surrounding the area, and the roundels represent rockholes where a large group of senior women camped. They are depicted in this painting as U shapes sitting in groups. The myth relating to these women tells of how they first made the nose-bones which are traditionally worn through a hole in the nose web. These nose-bones were originally worn by both men and women but are now only worn by the older generation on ceremonial occasions.Share