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.
Minyma Kutjara, the Two Women, travelled the artist's lands during the creation period, hunting and adventuring along the way and forming many aspects of the landscape. They also left behind information still used today about the important rituals and work of women. In this painting you can see the tools that the woman used, a digging stick and a piti bowl. The piti bowl in the top left and bottom right of the painting are finely decorated by the woman using a hot wire to create beautiful patterns in the bowl.
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 : Minyma Kutjara (Two Woman) Code : G2361 Size : 36 x 36 cm Medium : Acrylic on Canvas