‘Kungka Kutjara’ painting 2


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Martha Protty artworks draw a connection between the physical and spiritual realms of her life. She sings Inma (ceremony) songs continuously as she paints, her steady voice offering a rhythm for the brush.

In this work, Martha interprets the Kungka Kutjara Tjukurpa, meaning Two Women. Kungka Kutjara is a creation story following two sisters who travel through the desert leaving significant landmarks in their wake. Martha’s painting focuses on a significant cultural site just outside Kaltukatjara where the two sisters stopped to rest under two big shade trees. It also shows features of the striking desert landscape such as kapi (rock holes), purnu (trees) and puli (rocks).

Acrylic on canvas

91.5cm x 122cm

Tjarlirli Art of Tjukurla in the Ngannyatjarra lands of Western Australia and Kaltukatjara in the Northern Territory.

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Martha Protty

Martha Protty is a member of Tjarlirli Arts.

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