Artist: Tjawina Porter
Size: 121.9cm x 147.3cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Tjawina Porter was born circa 1940 and grew up in the desert near Yumara where she lived the traditional nomadic lifestyle with her family. After the death of her father, her family moved to the then newly established government settlement of Papunya. Tjawina now lives in Tjukurla, a remote indigenous community in the Western Desert of Australia which is close to her birth place. Tjawina is a skilled craftsperson, and was well know for her skills as a traditional basket weaver and carver of punu before becoming recognised for her exceptional painting skills.
Story from the certificate of authenticity:
Tjawina's artworks are rich in symbolism and fine detail, with brushwork and dots travelling steadily across the canvas to reveal the undulating forms of her country. The iconography depicts sand dunes known as tali and rock escarpments known as puli, as well as waterholes and food sources. Her designs are often used in body art during traditional corroborees.
Tjawina grew up in the desert near Yumara where she lived the traditional nomadic lifestyle with her family. The extensive cultural and topographical knowledge are evident in her paintings, which evoke the movement and energy of desert landscapes.
This work depicts women travelling through the area of the Porcupine dreaming, which is Tjawina's mother's country. They travel between the Tjarlirili rock hole in the Tingarri (dreaming) times. The sand hills of the region are depicted by the long rolling dotted lines.