Puli Mankurpa, 2021


  • 40cm x 40cm
  • 2021
  • Acrylic On Canvas
  • Catalog No: 1148-pamaajj078-21

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.  The artist has painted Puli Mankurpa, three landmarks that stand in a line running east to west in Central Australia: Atila (Mt Connor); Uluru; and Kata Tjuta.  Concentric circles represent these important sites which by their very nature are also water points. They mark sites related to the Creation Ancestors’ journeys across the country; the ‘dreaming tracks’ followed by countless generations of Anangu since. They created landforms and customs to be passed on and maintained over subsequent generations. The sites are linked through inma or ceremony – the singing, dancing and body painting which reveals the laws of nature and provides a blue print for life and a guiding map of country.