Rosie Tasman Murnku Marnku
120 x 60 cm
Acrylic on canvas
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About the Artist
Rosie was the older sister of Molly Napurrurla Tasman. They painted together in Lajamanu. Rosie was a tiny lady full of dynamic knowledge about her stories shown in the painting she creates. She was a caring dedicated lady who grew up in the Tanami Desert and walked along her story lines. Her depth of character and hardship she has endured has led her to produce beautiful creations of Dreamtime using colourful bold linework and dots. When she was born her family knew only one way to travel across their vast lands and that was by foot using the stories contained in her art as a guide. The cattle industry saw the beginning of Warnayaka Warlpiri being forced from their lands. Rosie was a hardworking, busy person. Her love and dedication to Warlpiri Culture and family is conveyed in the art she created. This art has been widely exhibited in Australia and overseas. She was a finalist in the 2010 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
Sadly, Rosie passed away in May 2018. Her art is included in this auction with permission from her family.
About the Work
Rosie's work comprises creations of colourful bold lines and dots, with themes of birds, snakes, bush bean, bush coconut, bush potato, centipede and butterfly. This piece depicts one of her principal themes, the Ngurlu (seed) dreaming. In the seed dreaming story, the seeds are collected by a greedy little bird (the diamond dove).