Yurpiya Lionel


acrylic on linen
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Anumara is a place near Irrunytju (Wingellina) in Western Australia. This is my family’s country. Anumara is also the name for a kind of caterpillar and Anumara is the tjukurpa (dreaming) place for this caterpillar. When I am painting, I am thinking like the caterpillars; I am thinking about my family’s country. I am creating anumara tjina tjuta (many tracks), like they are crawling, crawling. I am painting this country and this tjukurpa to keep it safe and strong. This is how my people care for our places and our stories.

Yurpiya Lionel, 2018