Desert painting is inextricably linked with theTjukurpaor the Law and way of life ofAnangu(Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people). The symbols of desert paintings were traditionally used in cave, ground and body paintings. Meaning of the designs depends on the subject of the painting and particular people are responsible for their re-creation and teaching according to the Tjukurpa.
Francine’s painting shows minyma mamu or spirit women. Mamu are usually seen as evil spirits or ghosts and their stories are told to children to keep them away from trouble.
Artist : Francine Kulitja Title : Minyma Mamu (Spirit Women) Community : Mutitjulu Language : Pitjantjatjara Size : 38 x 0 cm Medium : Acrylic on Canvas