Minymaku Tjukurpa (Woman's Law)

Bessie Nipper Profile & Artworks

Minymaku Tjukurpa (Woman's Law)

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Anangu (Central & Western Desert Aboriginal people) live by the Laws laid down in the Tjukurpa or Creation Period. Coded in the stories of the ancestors or original beings, are guidelines for life, and painting is a way of both celebrating and imparting this vital 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. Concentric circles mark the actions of the ancestors during the creation period. As they hunted, travelled and adventured along the way they formed many aspects of the landscape. They left behind information still used today about the important rituals and work of women.


Artist: Bessie Nipper

Title: Woman's Business

Size: 30x30 cm 

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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