Lot 54 

Rockholes in my Mother's Country

Kutungka Napanangka

91 x 56 cm
Acrylic on linen
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About the Artist

Katungka is one of the daughters of Katarra Nampitjinpa, an important Pintupi artist who painted originally with the PapunyaTula Artists and then later with Ikuntji artists at Haasts Bluff. Katungka watched her mother and sister, Permungka, paint for many years but she only started painting regularly after her mother passed away in1999 . Katungka drives 100 kilometres round trip to and from Papunya to paint her stories. She is a devout Christian who is married to Pastor Murphy and regularly participates in religious ceremonies. Katungka appears to reconcile both traditions with respect and integrity and is deeply committed to the transmission of knowledge of both cultures. Katungka paints her mother’s dreaming stories or tjukurrpa from her country Ulkapa, near Kintore and the tjukurrpa from her own country at Intinti, both of which are far west of Haast’s Bluff, over the West Australian border. The stories at Intinti involve women hunting for kuniya or carpet snakes with nulla nullas. The two kuniya disappear down rockholes, hiding from the women. Katungka lives in Alice Springs now is is an dialysis patient In 2003 Katungka developed her white salt lake works. These have expanded and developed with fine marking all over the white canvas. Shadow forms are seen as marks in the salt lake. These marks represent people travelling, the wind shifting the salt, animal tracks and the myriad marks left on the salt pan by even the most minor change in the environment.

About the Work

This painting depicts Katungka's mother travelling through country looking for water filled rockholes and hunting for bush tucker

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