Lot 9 

Jilamara Design

Bernadette Mungatopi

100 x 50 cm
Ochre on canvas
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About the Artist
Bernadette undertook most of her secondary schooling at Kormilda College in 1987, then went on to complete year 11 at Slade College in Warwick (Brisbane). After returning to Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Bernadette took up a job at the Women's Centre cooking for the elderly In 2000. She moved to Pirlangimpi with her partner Robert Puruntatameri and their 4 kids. Bernadette started working at the Pirlangimpi Pottery studio in 2004 along with Robert who is a known potter and carver. Bernadette began painting at Munupi in 2005, experimenting with natural ochres on canvas, as well as Acrylic on canvas and her works have been shown in our recent exhibitions.
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.  Ochre is applied to the body and face.  These significant artistic designs collectively are called 'Jilamara'.

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