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Inyuwa Nampitjin

Untitled (designs associated with the rockhole and claypan site of Pukunya) - 1998

synthetic & polymer paint on linen
122.0 x 122.0 cm
Price Realised: $5,750.00

MP #85


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. IN981120
Corporate Collection, NSW
Private Collection NSW

Inyuwa was a ceremonial and community leader in Kintore, where she was also the matriarch of a large extended family. Though she painted for Papunya Tula Artists for just five years prior to her death, she played a vital role in the emergence of contemporary women's art amongst the Pintupi. She guided her daughter Walangkura and adopted daughter Pirrmangka in their own artistic careers and painted until her death in June 1999, at which time her first solo show was on the walls of the Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery in Melbourne.


This paintings depicts designs associated with the rockhole and claypan site of Pukunya, located west of Umari and east of Mt Webb in Western Australia. A large group of ancestral women passed through this site during their travels further east. They gathered the edible seeds known as wirriny-wirrinypa, from the small shrub Solanum cleistogamum, which grows in profusion near the claypan. These seeds are ground into a paste which is cooked in the coals to form a damper.