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Like words, art can be used to represent a visual language, a powerful tool to pass down personal and cultural histories. Like a book, each painting holds its own intangible story.
George Tjungurrayi Ward shares with us his tjukurrpa dreaming about the ngarri men, women and children travelling from rock hole to rock hole. Mr Ward's works can be read not only as visual histories but also that of landscapes and maps of his country. Through the years Mr Ward articulates and repeats this dreaming in various ways, while maintaining its intrinsic link to country.
Mr Ward is a well respected artist and senior desert man based in Warakurna, Ngaanyatjarra Lands WA. Throughout the lands, the Ngaanyatjarra language remains the primary languages proudly spoken. Where cultures and language barriers intersect; these moving art works speak volumes that are universal, representing the unbreakable connection between the desert people and their country.
The tingarri* people, men, women and children travelled north through Wirrintjunku, Pukaritjarra, Tarkal, Nyun and Kirritji as they move toward Tjukurla. Tingarri Song Cycle depicting the route of dream me people who travelled from the sea near Port Hedland to the northern part of the central desert. It also refers to the route and to the dream me people who followed that route. Tjukurrpa - Physical feature or part of the countryside associated with a dream me story; Character from a dream me story. (From Ngaanyatjarra and Ngaatjatjarra to English Dictionary, IAD Press).
Warakurna is a community situated on the Great Central Road in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia. Warakurna has a long history of artistic expression. In March 2005 the Art Centre studio was opened, and is fully owned and governed by Aboriginal people, providing services to artists living and visiting Warakurna and the nearby community of Warakurna.
The Art Centre plays an important role in the community, providing cultural an social benefits in addition to economic returns. Warakurna Artists facilitates the production, distribution and sale of the artist' artwork. The paintings are vibrant and diverse, reflecting each artist's unique style stories and connection to the country. All proceeds are returned to the artists and their organisation.
Artist: Georgia Tjungurrayi Ward
Dimensions: 50.8 x 101.6cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas, Framed in Tassie Oak
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