Judith Donaldson, Carlene West (born circa 1945), Myrtle Pennington, Theresa Hogan, Lorraine Davies
Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters Dreaming at Tjintirlkara) bears date and Spinifex Arts Project number C.472 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on canvas 125 x 183cm
PROVENANCE: Painted in 2006 Spinifex Arts Project, Western Australia Marshall Arts, Adelaide Private collection
The men and women of Spinifex country, the communities of Tjuntjuntjara and Ilkurlka north-east of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, began producing collaborative paintings in 1997 for the Spinifex Arts Project. The works were presented as part of their native title claim which was formally acknowledged in November 2002. Today, the artists continue documenting the stories and songlines of their lands, producing works collaboratively. Some of the artists which contributed to Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters Dreaming at Tjintirlkara) were involved in the major native title canvases, ten of which are housed in the Western Australian Museum today.
This painting is sold with accompanying Spinifex Arts Project documentation that reads in part: 'Five senior Spinifex women have worked together on this canvas showing details of the Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters) story as it heads towards Tjintirikara in the north east of the Spinifex area...This painting tracks the story through Ilkurlka and onto Tjintirlkara as the sisters keep moving conscious of Nyiru, a cheeky old man who is pursuing them. Kampurlkurda, the oldest sister who is the focus of Nyiru's attention is captured by the man but escapes and runs back to join the other sisters. Ultimately Nyiru is killed and the sisters dance in celebration at Anmanguu.'
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