‘Tjarlirli Rockhole Tjawina’ Painting


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Two women are at the Tjarlirli rockhole near Tjurkala. They are cooking up the bush tucker they have collected and have been digging for water. Their campsite is depicted with wiltchya (shelter) and the fire. The nimpara (skirt worn by women in the early days spun from human hair and conditioned with animal fat and ochres) is depicted as are the sandhills that dominate the landscape. This is Tjawina’s country, where her mother and grandmother lived traditional.

Acrylic on canvas

91.4 x 91.4cm

Tjawina Porter was born in circa 1931 and grew up in the desert near Yumara where she lived the traditional nomadic lifestyle with her family.

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Tjawina Porter

Tjawina Porter was born in circa 1931 and is a member of the Tjarlirli Art Centre.

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