Minyma Kutjara (Two ladies)

Veronica Reid

Minyma Kutjara (Two ladies)

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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.

Through Veronica’s traditional lands travels the Tjukurpa of Minyma Kutjara, The Two Women. During the creation period, as they hunted and adventured along the way, they formed many aspects of the landscape and left behind information still used today about the important rituals and work of collecting mai or plant foods.

She 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.

Details

Artist: Veronica Reid

Size: 30cm x 90cm

Medium: Acrylic on canvas


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