Eunice Napanangka Jack painting, ‘Bush Potatoes’ 2001, Haast’s Bluff, Northern Territory, Cat No: PALYA-1275

Eunice Napanangka Jack painting, 'Bush Potatoes' 2001, Haast’s Bluff, Northern Territory, Cat No: PALYA-1275

Artist: Eunice Napanangka Jack
Area: Haast’s Bluff, Northern Territory
Artwork: Painting
Title: Bush Potatoes
Date: 2001
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
Size: 1490 x 1370 mm
Ikuntji Artists IK01EJ272
Palya Art Cat. No: 1275
Price: AUD $5,000.00

“Kuruyultu, near the small community of Tjukurrla in Western Australia, is a deep waterhole in a small mountain range, a ‘rockhole’. It is the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) of Napanangka’s father and it is her country too … story of the wallaby mother and daughter who were speared at Kuruyultu whilst they were looking for food and water around the Tjukurrpa. The rockhole is what inspires Napanangka’s work. She paints the country around Kuruyultu in all the different seasons: after the rain, when the flowers blossom, during the rain, when the water runs off the sand dunes, and in this exhibition she focuses on the vastness of the country surrounding Kuruyultu, its sand hills spanning throughout the Western Desert. Her lines evoke the sand hills around Kuruyultu and situate the wallaby mother and daughter into this vast desertscape. The central motif of her previous works, the wallaby mother and daughter sitting at the rockhole, is removed in these latest works. They reflect on the place Kuruyultu and create through this further abstraction an infinity of sand dunes in the centre of Australia.”
Source Ikuntji Artists Manager Chrischona Schmidt 2017

“This is my country. I can’t remember how it all happened, because it happened before I was born. I have a scar on my back from it. My grandfather speared a wallaby at Kuruyultu. That night he ate that wallaby. At the sametime my mother could feel me moving inside her. She was heavily pregnant with me. That next morning, after my grandfather had speared the wallaby, killed it and eaten it, I was born. I was born at Kuruyultu, near the rockhole there. I can’t remember my grandfather or my grandmother. I was still a little baby. We left that place, Kuruyultu. My father, my mother, my big sister and my father’s brother, we all left together and went to Haasts Bluff. I grew up in Haasts Bluff. I have been back to Kuruyultu for visits but I never lived there again in my country. I think about it every day. Only my father knows all the stories for that country and he painted them too… all the men’s stories.” Eunice Napanangka Jack

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