2016/0115 Wanampi Tjukurpa

Wanampi Tjukurpa

Artist

Tiger PALPATJA
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
c 1920
 in
Piltati, South Australia
Death:
2012
 in
Amata, South Australia

Artwork

Title
Wanampi Tjukurpa
Date
2007
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
152.5 x 121.5 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 2016
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2016/0115
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightThis painting is about Piltati and the four ancestors involved in the creation of the site. The work depicts two snake figures and a series of roundels across the picture plane. The snake figures represent the ancestral water serpents (wanampi) that were once brothers, who got angry with their wives because they stopped providing them food. The wives are symbolised by the roundels or rock holes that they made with their digging sticks, while chasing the water serpents. This is an important creation narrative that is highly nuanced. The painting provides a visual entry point into the narrative and beliefs of Anangu people, including the Anangu artist himself. However, it is not the story alone that makes this painting accomplished, it is the distinctive combination of figurative forms and the juxtaposition of contrasting colours of purple, red, yellow and green that animates the painting. (AGWA 2016)

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