Wilarra - 122cm x 91cm

Artist: Wokka Taylor

Size: 122cm x 91cm

Medium: Acrylic on Linen

'2 Rockholes the other side of Punmu Kayili (north) all the way keep going Kakarra (east) long way. Dingo mili ngurra (Dingo's home). Big one is Wilarra, dingos all stay in that place together wild one (dingo) became a quite on. All the Dingos come from that place. Make a kuna (faeces) go home. Kirl Kirl (well 36), Pinlankujarra and Karrarrngarri clay pan are here too.'

This painting depicts a number of significant sites yinta (waterholes), rockholes and claypans.

This site (Wilarra) is united with the moon in significance. In the Jukurrpa (dream time) dingoes travelled from Wilarra from another site by the same name which lies on the edge of the large salt lake. Nyayartakujarra (Lake Dora), following the call of the moon. Wilarra, which also means 'moon' in Manyjilyjarra, is a very significant site lying on the edge of the large salt lake, Punmu Warle (Lake Dora). The dingoes stayed for a time at Wilarra, scratching into the earth to create several distinctive small salt water pools, which are still visited by the Martu for their healing properties. Later, the dingoes continued travelling east toward the rising moon, stopping as they went to sites, like Kirl Kirl (well 36). Pinlankujarra and Karrarrngarri clay pan, finally stopping at Kinyu (well 35). 

Martumili Artists was established in late 2006 and supports Martu artists in Kunawarritji, Punmu, Parnngurr, Jigalong, Warralong, Irrungadji (Nullagine) and Parnpajinya (Newman). Many Martu artists have close relationships with established artists amongst Yulparija, Kukatja and other Western Desert peoples and are now gaining recognition in their own right for their diverse, energetic and unmediated painting styles. Their works reflect the dramatic geography and scale of their homelands in the Great Sandy Desert and Rudall River regions of Western Australia. Martumili Artists represents speakers of Manyjilyjarra, Warnman, Kartujarra, Putijarra and Martu Wangka languages, many of whom experienced first contact with Europeans in the 1960s. The artists include painters, working in acrylics and oils, as well as weavers coiling baskets and sculptors working in wood, grass and wool. Martu artists proudly maintain their creative practices whilst pursuing social and cultural obligations across the Martu homelands.

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