Thepitior wooden bowl is a traditional woman’s carrying vessel for food and water usually carved from the trunk of a Desert Bloodwood or a root section of the river Red Gum tree. Contemporary artists usewalka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. These relateTjukurpa, stories about theTjukuritjaor Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians so it is not possible to describe the full story behind the walka.
Dianne doesn’t elaborate on the stories behind her walka, however she shows many of the animals and plants that populate the lands. Their various ancestors were responsible for creating important parts of her country and way of life. The most common snakes to appear in design are thekuniya,liruandwanampi: pythons, deadly snakes and water serpents, guardians of waterholes. Sometimes they are depicted with their eggs.
Artist: Dianne Strangways Title: Piti (Collecting Bowl) Size: 605x222x140mm Medium: Itara - River Red Gum