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.
Minymatjuta, the senior women, are responsible for much knowledge about water: collecting it from the rockholes, soaks and creek beds, in traditional times transporting it in bowls balanced skilfully on their heads. They visit the waterholes today to teach the Tjukurpa and recount the history of their ancestors.
Artist: Janelle Taylor Title: Kapi Tjukurla (Water Holes) Size: 15cm x 20cm Medium: Acrylic on Canvas