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 expression of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.
Minymatjuta, senior women, as in any culture, have significant roles to play in the care of family and the wider community. Much time is spent in groups together discussing and organizing anything from hunting and child rearing to the teaching and protection of the harmony of kin and country via enacting and passing on the Tjukurpa.
The ‘u’ shaped figures are the people, meeting today as they have done since Creation times, to share, celebrate and pass on the different Tjukurpa and the links it forms with other parts of their country and kin. Concentric circles mark places of importance: water points or sacred sites, created by the Ancestors.
Artist: Shirley Coulthard Title: Minyma Tjuta (Senior Women) Size: 92 x 61 cm Medium: Acrylic on canvas