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Lennard Walker
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
199 x 229 cm
Spinifex Arts Project


“Lennard has painted the important site of Pukara. The place is home to the Wati Kutjata Tjukurpa, the Serpent Men a father and son. The son who is also called Pukara is depicted here as the larger snake, he is a wild man. As they travel over large tracts of Country many land formations are created. They spend time near Warburton at Snake Well before traveling on to Piilnya. At Pukara there are two rock holes however Lennard has only painted one of them here. The Wati Kutjara Tjukurpa is a major creation line that traverses traditional Spinifex Country after originating at Pukara, a site located in the northern part of Spinifex Lands. It follows two Wanampi (Water Serpents), a father and son as they head south for traditional ceremony. The son is perceived as unstable and dangerous and during their journey he becomes embroiled in continuous conflict with other beings and the father is trying desperately to pacify these situations. Lennard has intimate knowledge of this Tjukurpa and only minor details are open to the public. Tjukurpa, creation manifested by powerful beings is not relegated to the past but is omnipresent and personal.”

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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