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Priscilla Phillipus
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
151.5 x 152 cm
Kaltjiti Arts


Priscilla Phillipus is the daughter of Patricia Napurulla Phillipus who is the daughter of the late Papunya Tula Artist, Long Jack Phillipus, whose Kalipinypa dreaming story she inherited as did her mother Patricia. This painting depicts a Water Dreaming story at Kalipinypa, north-east of Kintore. The painting tells the story of a rain and hail making ceremony for the site of Kalipinypa. Ancestral forces are invoked to bring on a powerful storm with lightning, thunderclouds and rain sending a deluge to rejuvenate the earth, filling the rock holes, clay pans and creeks and creating new life and growth upon the land. Today the Nakamarra, Tjakamarra, Napurrula and Tjupurrula men and women are the custodians of this important Water Dreaming story.

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