2012/0054 Tiwi Map

Tiwi Map

Artist

Justin PURUNTATAMERI
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
c 1930
 in
Kadipuwu, Melville Island, Northern Territory
Death:
20 Aug 2012
 in
Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Tiwi Map
Date
2011
Medium/Material
natural earth pigment, ochre and acrylic binder on linen
Dimensions
160.0 x 100.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2012
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2012/0054
Currently not on display

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Justin Puruntatameri was considered the most senior lawman and custodian of cultural information across both of the islands that comprise the Tiwi Islands. Although he began painting on the body at a young age – for ceremonial purposes, it was not until 2010, that Puruntatameri transferred his important stories and places onto canvas for the general public.Tiwi map, 2011, conceptually identifies and locates significant sites for both the artist and his people. The colour palette is inspired by the colours worn by performers during ceremony. And, the application of paint on the painting replicates the fine lines painted on the body for ceremony. Tiwi artists create this pattern by using a traditional wooden comb that they make from locally sourced Ironwood. Such patterning is distinctly Tiwi in design.Carly Lane 11/04/2018

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