Ningura Napurrula

(Australia circa 1938 – 11 Nov 2013)

Community
Walungurru (Kintore), Western Desert region
Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region

Wirrul, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way

Location
Not on display
Further information

In addition to showcasing the quality of Papunya Tula Artists as a whole, this suite of etchings emphasises the strength of each individual artist as they successfully translate their Tjukurrpa to the new medium of printmaking. Far from being a mere copy of their paintings in a different scale and medium each artists adapts their visual language to this new process with apparent ease, resulting in bold, confident works that are extraordinary in themselves, and when combined as a suite, are truly amazing.

The art centre documentation for this work states:

This etching depicts designs associated with Wirrulnga, a rockhole site in a small rocky outcrop east of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. In ancestral times a group of women of the Napaltjarri and Napurrula kinship subsections camped at this site, after travelling from the rockhole site of Ngaminya further west. The women are represented in the etching by the two arc shapes beside the roundel.Wirrulnga is a site which is associated with birth and the lines adjacent to the roundel symbolise the extended shape of a pregnant woman of the Napaltjarri kinship subsection who gave birth at the site. While at Wirrulnga the women also made spun hair-string with which to make nyimparra (hair-string skirts), which are worn during ceremonies. From Wirrulnga the women continued their travels north-east to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). As they travelled they gathered large quantities of the bush food known as kampurarrpa or desert raisin from the plant Solanum centrale. These berries can be eaten straight from the bush but are sometimes ground into a paste and cooked in the coals to form a type of damper.

Place of origin
Papunya, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
2009
Media
Print
Medium
etching on Hahnemühle rag paper
Dimensions
33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath platemark with artist's mark, pencil "X". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Accession number
421.2011.8