This painting by Yinarupa Nangala depicts the rockholes and sites sacred to the Pintupi people of the western desert. Yinarupa Nangala uses very thick application of paint to create the texture in her painting. Her stories are descriped in the darker pattern, in this case using black paint, this is then obscured by the white dotting over some of the patterns to hide the sacred aspects of the story.
Yinarupa describes her painting that made her a finalist in the anual Wynne prize in 2014 by the following quote “This painting depicts designs associated with the rock hole site of Mukula, east of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. During ancestral times, a large group of women from the west stopped at this site to perform ceremonies associated with the area. The women, represented in the painting by the ‘U’ shapes then continued east. As they travelled they gathered a variety of bush foods including kampurarrpa berries (desert raisin) from the small shrub Solanu centrale and pura (bush tomato) from the Solanum chipppendalci plant.
The shapes in the painting represent the features of the country through which they travelled as well as the bush foods they gathered.
– Yinarupa Nangala, 2014 sourced from the AGNSW
Yinarupa Nangala is the daughter of the late Anatjari Tjampitjinpa, a founding member of the Papunya Tula art movement. Yinarupa paints the areas important to Pintupi women and the collecting stories associated with the rockhole site of Mukula. Her paintings commonly feature the rockholes which are important water sources in the desert. According to the ancestral tales women came from the west and stopped at these rockholes to perform the ceremonies associated with the area. Yinarupa received an honourable mention at the 2010, 36th Alice Art Prize – A National Contemporary Art Award. She has also exhibited in Idaho, USA as part of an exhibition by Papunya Tula Artists, ‘Art of The Western Desert
Aboriginal paintings in the western desert commonly tell stories that are only fully disclosed to the initiated. The visual strength of these aboriginal paintings allow then to stand out as artwork in their own right.