Kulpitjata, 2018


  • 90cm x 110cm x cm
  • 2018
  • Acrylic on Belgian Linen
  • Catalog No: 1148-X1785-18
  • Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape. This painting is of Kulpitjata, and the creation story for this place is about the ancestors of the Kalaya (Emu) people. Rene says: “Nyangatja Tjukurpa Kulpitjatanya, Kalaya tjutangku kulpi tjuta palyantja. Kalaya kutju mamangku tjananya kanyiningi. Nyangatja mamaku tjamuku tjanampa ngura. Ngayuku katja tjutaku.” "This is the story of Kulpitjata and the formation of its caves by the Emu People. One father emu protected all his children there. It belongs to my father and grandfather. It belongs to all my sons.” The simple public version of this story masks a sophisticated coding of intricate layers of vital knowledge for desert survival. These teachings continue to pass on Tjukurpa information and nowadays paintings such as this are an important part of living both modern and ancient cultures.
  • Painting on canvas
  • Maruku Arts and Crafts