Ngayuku Nguru (My Country) bears artist's name and Tjala Arts catalogue number 033-10 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 198 x 153cm
PROVENANCE: Painted in 2010 Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia Superannuation Fund of William Nuttall and Annette Reeves
EXHIBITED: 27th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, 14 August - 7 November, 2010
Tjungkara Ken is a Pitjantjatjara artist living at Rocket Bore in the far south of the Northern Territory, and north of Amata, her father's homeland. Ken began her painting career in 1997 when an art centre, Minymaku Arts was established (now Tjala Arts). The major subjects of her art are the ubiquitous Seven Sisters Dreaming, Kungkarrakalpa, and ngayuku ngura or 'my country'.
Ken depicts her country in all of its vastness and changing topography. Special sites such as freshwater rockholes, rivers and mountain ranges are referred to in the conventional graphic language of the desert circles, squares and ovals for sites, travelling lines that join these, and arcs to indicate people. Ken's renditions of this sacred landscape are composed of sections of parallel lines that intimate a patchwork of different landforms, marked by an intensity of colour that suggests the fertile nature of the land, not the barren desert of the European imagination.