‘Kungka Kutjara’ Painting


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As a senior law woman of the Kaltukatjara area, Martha’s work draws significant inspiration from local landscape and
Tjukurpa (dreaming) stories. Martha’s whole family have lived and travelled in the Kaltukatja area for generations, and
her paintings are a tribute to her significant cultural and historical contribution to her community.

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).

Martha is a lively and animated artist whose works draw a connection between the physical and spiritual realms of her
life. She sings Inma (ceremony) songs continously as she paints, her steady voice offering a rhythm for the brush.

Acrylic on canvas.

91.4 x 121.9cm

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

Meet the Artist

Martha Protty

Martha Protty is a member of Tjarlirli Arts.

Meet the Artist
Image of Martha Protty with painting