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Walangkura Napanangka

Women's Dreaming at Marrapinti - 1998

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
90.0 x 91.0 cm
Price Realised: $3,660.00

MP #760


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat. No. WN980793
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 7327
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic

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

As one of the last generation to remember a childhood lived in the desert, Walangkura Napanangka travelled by foot over the hundreds of kilometres from her remote desert home before settling at Papunya with her mother Inyuwa, adoptive father Tutuma Tjapangati, and sister Pirrmangka Napanangka, all of whom became artists.


In 1994, she participated in the historic women’s collaborative painting project that was initiated by the older women, and in time Walangkura became one of Papunya Tula’s most senior women artists. Her first solo exhibition was held at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 2003, and this was followed by another at Utopia Art Sydney in 2004.

This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Marrapinti, to the west of the Kiwirrkurra Community. A large group of senior women camped at this rockhole making the nose-bones, also known as Marrapinti, which are worn through a hole in the nose-web. These nose-bones were originally won by both men and women but are now only worn by the older generation on ceremonial occasions. The women later travelled east passing through the Kiwirrkurra area.