Kungka Kutjara
Kungka Kutjara

Martha Protty

Kungka Kutjara

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As a senior law woman of the Kaltukatjara area, Martha’s work draws significant inspiration from local landscape and
Tjukurpa (dreaming) stories. Martha’s whole family have lived and travelled in the Kaltukatja area for generations, and
her paintings are a tribute to her significant cultural and historical contribution to her community.
In this work, Martha interprets the Kungka Kutjara Tjukurpa, meaning Two Women. Kungka Kutjara is a creation story
following two sisters who travel through the desert leaving significant landmarks in their wake. Martha’s painting 
focuses on a significant cultural site just outside Kaltukatjara where the two sisters stopped to rest under two big shade
trees. It also shows features of the striking desert landscape such as kapi (rock holes), purnu (trees) and puli (rocks).
Martha is a lively and animated artist  whose works draw a connection between the physical and spiritual realms of her
life. She sings Inma (ceremony) songs as she paints, her steady voice offering a rhythm for the brush.

Martha was born south of Docker River at a Rockhole, the name of which Martha cannot speak for cultural reasons. Her whole family are from Docker River country. Matha’s father’s country is Warakurna and her mother’s country Wingellina. She has one son and one daughter and her husband has passed away. Her husband was from the other side of the Peterman Ranges. Martha has been painting, weaving tjanpi and carving purnu for many years. She is a senior law woman and holds important Tjukurrpa songs for her country.



Artist: Martha Protty 

Size: 76.2cm by 101.5cm 

Meduim: Aryclic on Canvas 

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