Lot 6 

Jilamara Design

Shirley Puruntatameri (nee Tipungwuti)

120 x 80 cm
Ochre on canvas
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About the Artist

Shirley was born on Bathurst Island and now lives at Pirlangimpi. She and her partner have 6 children. Her dreaming is the water buffalo. 

About the Work

During  ceremony  on  the  Tiwi  Islands  a  series  of  'yoi'  (dances),  are  performed;  some  are  totemic  (inherited  fromthe  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.  Ochre  is  applied  to  the  body  and  face.  These  significant  artistic designs  collectively  are  called  'Jilamara'. 


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