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Irlupa 21-479 by Rita Watson
Rich tones juxtaposed with earthy hues, each piece speaks its own story of Irlupa; a site near Papulankatja in Western Australia, a place where Western Ngaayatjara and Eastern Pitjantjatjara dialects diverge.
This series of works are proudly exhibited on Bundjalung land alongside Naidoc Week as the next instalment of our Tigmi Art Series.
10% of sales will be donated to local Indigenous organisation, The Koori Mail, who have provided immeasurable support to local community during the devastating 2022 Northern Rivers floods. Learn more about this ardent and unyielding organisation here.
Acrylic on Canvas / Framed in Tasmanian Oak.
Dimensions (including frame): 123.5cm H x 92.5cm W x 5cm D.
Rita Watson is a Pitjantjatjara Minyma (women) hailing from a remote community in Western Australia. Daughter of renowned artist, Tjuruparu Watson, Rita developed a strong passion and dedication to art making, heavily influenced by her father's country, 'Irlupa.' Rita's work tells the story of the land, filled with Tjukula (rockholes), Kalyan Kalyan (Honey grevilla plant), Kampurarpa (Bush Tomatoes), Anangu (people) and Punu (trees).
Using Milpajunanyi (traditional sand drawing) style, Rita creates textured works that translate into visual form the many important tjukurpa (dreaming) sites, stories and inma (songs) for the Anangu from Irlupa.
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