Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.
The decorated ‘u’ shape figures are the people who still meet today to share and celebrate and pass on the different Tjukurpa and the links it forms with other parts of their country and kin. Concentric circles usually represent important sites such as water holes and special land forms and are often resting places on a Creation Ancestor’s journey across the country.
The artist has painted what is like a map that only she and other people of this country can read. Coded in the landscape and in the Creation or Law stories is the information needed to hunt and survive. Dot paintings like this one are a contemporary way of continuing to celebrate and teach through the Tjukurpa.
Artist : Charmaine Kulitja Title : Anangu Kutjara (Two Anangu People) Size : 30 x 30 cm Medium : Acrylic on Canvas