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Yalti Napangardi

Wirrulnga - 2003

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 91.5 cm
Price Realised: $3,172.00

MP #745


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat. No. YN0301162
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 10880
Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings and a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists

Yalti had been living west of Lake Mackay before her small family group walked into the Pintupi community of Kiwirrkurra, where their relatives lived, in 1984. Prior to that, she'd had no contact with European Australians. Her Pintupi relatives had almost all been brought out of the Gibson Desert decades earlier and had settled in Haasts Bluff and Papunya. By the 1980s most had returned to live in the new remote settlements of Kintore and Kiwirrkurra adjacent to their homelands.


This painting depicts the designs associated with Wirrulnga, a site with two rockholes on top of a hill, just east of the Kiwirrkurra Community. The lines show the rocky outcrops at the site.

The Kampurarrpa (desert Raisin) Dreaming is associated with the site. A group of women camped at Wirrulnga, dancing and singing the songs associated with the area. They also gathered the Kampurarrpa berries which grow on the small shrub Solanum centrale. The rocky outcrop at the site is said to have been formed from mounds of these berries.