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.
This painting is connected with a creation story of country known as Malara. It concerns the Wanampi, powerful water serpents which inhabit and protect water holes. A group of Wati Liru or poisonous snake men marched in battle across the lands as far afield as Uluru and Kata Tjuta. They arrived back in Malara in human form and rested for a while by the fire before taking serpent form again and disappearing into the ground.
Artist: Niningka Lewis Title: Malara Size: 15x20 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas