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Tjarlirli Rockhole 20-372

Tjawina Porter

Acrylic on Canvas

91.4cm x 121.9cm


Two women are at the Tjarlirli rockhole near Tjukurla. They are cooking up the bush tucker they have collected and have been digging for water. Their campsite is depicted with the wiltchya (shelter) and the fire. The nimpara (skirt worn by women in the early days spun from human hair and conditioned with animal fat ond ochres) is depicted as are the sandhills that dominate the landscape. This is Tjawina’s country, where her mother and grandmother lived a traditional nomadic life. The painting is based on the designs used in women’s ceremonies in the region, and have been passed down from generation to generation.

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Tjarlirli & Kaltukatjara Art

Tjarlirli Art Centre represents the artists of Tjukurla in the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Western Australia and Kaltukatjara (Docker River) in the Pitjantjatjarra lands of the Northern Territory. The artwork has strong links with the Papunya Tula movement as families left Kintore and Kiwirrkurra to return to their homelands in the mid 1980s.

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