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Twempere Rarre

Sonya Napaljarri Murphy
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
122 x 92 cm
Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre


Those are the sandhills, when it is windy. In the morning, when the sun’s shining, they’re bright and yellow. Every time I do painting, I’m thinking about what’s outside there, in the sandhills. They are important to me. Bush tucker, bush medicine and everything fresh we get from the sandhills. Sometimes we go out there and get bush leaves to smoke our newborn babies. I’m thinking about my family too. Most of my family are artists and when we go out hunting we get stories from them.

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