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the original australians remind us of the importantce of care of our landscape
ernabella arts in the apy lands have just delivered a fresh batch of paintings. as you probably know already, the full benefit goes to the community when a piece is sold at planet..(just except for the cost of framing and the gst that is collected) our normal margin is donated to a dialysis charity, that helps to keep more people living in the community...we feel that as a result, we often have the best quality works....
above is a painting by michelle lewis
ngayuku mamaku ngura ini makiri
michelle's father's country is a place called makiri - located east of ernabella near the fregon community. this country is tjala tjukurpa (honey ant dreaming). michelle and her family still visit this country where she draws special attention to the natural elements on the land which are then represented in her paintings.
'i am painting the landscape from above, as you might see it from an airplane, or as a bird looking down. it is beautiful country from on the ground and up above.'
when michelle created her work, ngayuku mamku ngura ini makiri (my father's country, a place called makiri) she was thinking of maliri and how the tjala (honey ants) tunnel though the sandy soil as well as about the waterholes, the assemblages of trees and shrubs and the country that is 'quiet' empty.
above is a langaliki lewis painting entitled - ngayuku ngura - this is a depiction of the artists country. the different colours and designs represent variations in the landscape.
work above minyma kutjara -by artist: tjariya (nungalka) stanley
there is a story if deep significance to women which contains metaphorical references to female cycles. it tells of two women travelling north. the pair meet with a group of women, including kutungu, who are caring for a man who then passes away. they then travel to the area known as mantaruta, near uluru, where they chase a curious wanampi (serpent) deep into the ground. they burn their body hair to attract him, hit him on the head and run away. from afar, they throw a manguri/traditional head ring for carrying which also hits him. he then comes and hits the women who travel on bleeding and hurt.
below is a work by amanda kulyuru called mgayuku ngura this is a depiction of the artists country. the different colours and designs represent variations in the landscape.
more information about these pieces and the rest of this collection are on our website, as well as instore