Tjilkamata (Echidna)


2003 – Painting, Western Desert, 126 x 96cm

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Alice Nampitjinpa is a senior Pintupi artist. She has close ties to the Papunya Tula artists. Alice is the daughter of Uta Uta Tjangala, one of the significant forefathers of the Papunya Tula Painting Movement, and friend to Geoffrey Barden. Whilst Alice’s early paintings reflect the style of the Papunya Tula artists often representing their stories with a field of dots and symbols she has since developed an individual expression of her dreamings. Alice uses very thick application of paint to denote her dreaming combined with the desert hues.

Alice Nampitjinpa ’s Tjukurrpa, or dreaming story is the porcupine or Tjilkamata. Her place of significance is Talaalpi, a waterhole near the West Australian border. She retells her stories with bold, colourful abstractions representing the sandhills and swamplands of her country. The use of the colours yellow and red are important to Alice as they signify the colours of the ochres used in ceremonial body painting. The stories are often the tale of the porcupine searching for tucker or in turn being the source of bush tucker. Alice is an active and successful hunter and relates keenly to her land and stories and takes great delight in telling us her dreaming stories in her stunning interpretations.

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Weight 10 kg
Dimensions 128 x 100 x 5 cm
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