Lot 2 

Yamparriparri & Tapalinga

Karina Coombes (Penny)

180 x 120 cm
Ochre on linen
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This piece has a reserve. 
This piece comes professionally stretched.
About the Artist

Karina is the daughter of  Florence Puruntatameri-Coombes, and Graeme Coombes. Her mother is a Tiwi woman from Pirlangimpi Community on Melville Island. Her father originated from Queenstown, New Zealand but married Florence as a young man and called Pirlangimpi home for over 30 years. He raised Karina and her siblings on the islands, visiting New Zealand several times during that time with his wife and children. Graeme passed away in 2010. Karina still lives permanently at Pirlangimpi with her three children, Stanley, Latoya and Janae. She works for the Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board. She is also known as ‘Penny’ due to her being a keen Penrith Panthers supporter as a young girl, she now follows AFL more closely than Rugby League. Her artistic career began in mid - 2010 under the direction of her grandfather, Justin Puruntatameri and Florence (Justin’s eldest daughter). Justin in particular was able to give Karina invaluable advice on what she could correctly portray as defined by her Tiwi family ties. She has since progressed from depicting Jarrikalani and Takaringa, to portraying the various incarnations of the night sky as it appears over the Tiwi Islands.

About the Work

This painting depicts the Tiwi story of the shooting star, or Yamparriparri.  Yamparriparri are viewed by Tiwi people as a very bad omen, a type of demon similar to a vampire. The custom on the Tiwi Islands when a shooting star is observed is to spit several times on the ground to mitigate potential bad luck.  Tapalinga is the general Tiwi term for a star, or group of stars in the night sky.

This piece comes professionally stretched

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