Artwork by Tjunkiya Napaltjarri’s in ‘SUN FLYING’, an Aboriginal Art Exhibition in Berlin

Tjunkiya Napaltjarri’s artwork depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Umari, situated in sandhill country, east of Mount Webb in Western Australia.

Painting by Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, 'Untitled', 1220 x 1220 mm, Acrylic on linen, © The Artist & Papunya Tula Artists
Tjunkiya Napaltjarri’s painting was part of ‘SUN FLYING’, A Bright Australian Desert Art Exhibition in Berlin

The various shapes in this painting show the rockholes, rocky outcrops and sandhills of the area. A number of women are gathered at the site to perform ceremonies associated with Umari. The women, one of the Nangala kinship subsections and the others of the Napaltjarri kinship subsection, later travelled towards the east.

One of the mythologies associated with the area concerns a relationship between a man of the Tjakamarra kinship subsection and a woman of the Nangala kinship subsection. This is a mother-in-law relationship which is taboo in Aboriginal culture.

Text & Artwork © The Artist & Papunya Tula Artists

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