Regina Kantila (Martha)
50 x 50 cm
Ochre on canvas
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About the Artist
Regina is an artist, and is also part of a close-knit group called the Wangatunga Strong Women's Group. The group established a women's centre at Wurrumiyanga - a place for them and their daughters and grandchildren to meet and spend time together. They perform at ceremonial and social gatherings and have a strong tradition of reflecting in their songs the important events of their community, as well as telling traditional stories about their land and their heritage. This group gives the women a sense of pride, identity and belonging. They are encouraging young women to join them and learn the songs and culture of their people. They spend much of their time sitting and talking and singing and weaving baskets.
About the Work
During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of ‘yoi’ (dances), are performed; some are totemic (inherited from the person’s Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative of newly composed songs. Participants in these ceremonies are painted with turtiyanginari (the different natural ochre colours) in varying designs, transforming the dancers and, in some cases, providing protection against recognition by Mapurtiti (spirits). These designs can be applied in different ways, one of which is using the pwoja (or kayimwagakimi), a traditional Tiwi ‘comb’ carved with a single row of teeth on one or both ends, usually made using ironwood or bloodwood. After being dipped in ochre and applied to the body a straight row of dots is imprinted. Once completed, these dots are then collectively called yirrinkiripwoja (body painting). Painting of the face also occurs. These significant artistic designs collectively are called ‘Jilamara’.
This piece comes professionally stretched