Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. YN1107036
Private Collection, NT
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists
Yakari Napaltjarri is a Pintupi artist who was born west of the current day Kiwirrkurra community. She was one of the last Desert nomads to come out of the desert in 1984, along with renowned artists and Wallimpirringa and his brothers Walala and Thomas Tjapaltjarri and their respective families.
This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Ngaminya, just to the south-west of the Kiwirrkura in Western Australia. The roundels show the rockholes at this site. During mythological times, a group of women camped here after travelling from Marrapinti rockhole, further to the west. While in the area, they gathered the edible berries known as kampurarrpa, or desert raisin, from the small shrub solanum centrale. These berries can be eaten straight from the bush, but are also ground into a paste and cooked in the coals to form a type of damper. The circles surrounding the canvas represent the kampurarrpa berries. The women continued their travels further east, passing through the nearby rockhole site of Wirrulnga before travelling north-west to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).Share