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Ngayuku Ngura (My Country)

Janie Kulyuru Lewis
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
197 x 150.5 cm
Tjala Arts


In this painting Janie Kulyuru has painted her mother’s father’s country and the ttjukurpa that animates it. Janie recounts the stories of her tjamu’s (grandfather’s) home at Watarru, capturing the journey of Minyma Tjuta (Many women) as they travel across the landscape looking for bush tucker and digging for water. The long winding lines that move across the canvas represent inma, capturing the songlines of the ladies as they sing and dance across the landscape.

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

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