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Ngura talitja (Sand dune country)

Marlene Cooley
Synthetic polymer on plywood
120 x 120 cm
Maruku Arts


This is ngura talitja or sand dune country. The series of curving lines are the wind rippled sand dunes, sometimes intercut by the tracks of a Tjukuritja; the burrowings of animals; or the dry bed of a desert creek. Landforms mark sites related to the creation ancestors’ journeys across the country; the dreaming tracks followed by countless generations of Aṉangu since. This walka is specific to the Cooley family.

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.


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