2007/0047 Piltarti Tjukurpa

Piltarti Tjukurpa

Artist

Eileen Yaritja STEVENS
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
c 1919
 in
Makiri, Tjala Minyma Tjukurpa (Honeyant Women's sacred place), South Australia
Death:
2008
 in
Ernabella, South Australia

Artwork

Title
Piltarti Tjukurpa
Date
2006
Medium/Material
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
89 x 84cm (sides not parallel) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2007
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2007/0047
Currently not on display

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Tells the story of two men (Wati Kutjara) who are 'wanampi' or watersnake men, and two women (Minyma Kutjara Nyinanyi) who were sitting down at Piltarti - a site significant in the Western Desert region of South AustraliaMR 20/09/18

Curatorial insightEileen Yaritja Stevens was born in the bush at a place significant to the Western Desert Pitjantjatjara people, and thus by birthright became custodian of the Honeyant Women’s Dreamings. Stevens’ knowledge of law and country, including this dreaming and the sacred Minyma Kutjara and Wati Kutjara (watersnake) Dreamings form the basis of her artwork. Stevens travels between communities, visiting family and painting at the various art centres. Her paintings are some of the most compelling and vibrant works to come from the Western Desert region. Piltarti Tjukurpa tells the story of two men (Wati Kutjara) who are ‘Wanampi’ or watersnake men, and two women (Minyma Kutjara Nyinanyi) who were sitting down at Piltarti – a site significant in the Western Desert region of South Australia. (AGWA 2007)

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