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Our Mother’s Dreaming – Katherine Marshall Nakamarra & Debra Young Nakamarra

Our Mother’s Dreaming – Katherine Marshall Nakamarra & Debra Young Nakamarra

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9 October – 14 November, 2015

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Our Mother’s Dreaming

Walangkura Napanangka (1946 – 2014) re-created the great Pintupi Tingari stories of her homelands, using the graphic symbols of the Country and the Tingari journey to show what happened there in the Dreaming. These stories were central to Women’s Law from this part of the country. They were celebrated and re- enacted in Women’s Ceremonies involving all the participating women from the area.

Women’s ceremonies are shared and recognised across all generations and Walangkura’s art has featured strongly in the lives of her daughters. Both the ceremonial stories and the expressive story-telling skills of their mother have been dutifully passed on to the daughters.

This exhibition reflects on the painting skills of Walangkura’s daughters Katherine Marshall Nakamarra (b. 1968) and Debra Young Nakamarra (b. 1964). Their narrative comes from the important ritualistic events that occurred at the site at Tjintjintjin, a significant rockhole and cave located around about 70 kms west of the Kintore Community in Western Australia. This site sits on the songline of the Creation Ancestor Kutungka Napanangka, who travelled through this country on her journey to the east, travelling towards Muruntji, south-west of Mount Liebig.

The artists represent the topography of the country, showing the stony hills, the sand dunes, the rockholes and the cave around the ceremonial Women’s site. Different aspects of the story are told in various paintings, with the associated symbols represented in each part of the story. These Tingari Dreaming stories remain in essence a spiritual and highly protected body of knowledge, with only general details being disclosed by the artists. Katherine Marshall Nakamarra and Debra Young Nakamarra continue the tradition of celebrating and paying homage to the great Tingari narrative that underlies their culture and that was so forcefully re-created through their mother’s art during her life-time.

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Tjintjintjin by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin

Jap 011988  |  acrylic on canvas  |  148 x 90 cm

Tjintjintjin by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin

Jap 011992  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 90 cm

Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country

Jap 010736  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country

Jap 011841  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 91 cm

Tjintjintjin by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin

Jap 011993  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 90 cm

Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country

Jap 010735  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011987  |  acrylic on canvas  |  148 x 90 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011986  |  acrylic on canvas  |  148 x 90 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011990  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 90 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 010936  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Tjintjintjin by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin

Jap 011973  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 30 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011981  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 30 cm

Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country

Jap 010731  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country

Jap 010732  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Tjintjintjin by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin

Jap 012006  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Tjintjintjin by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin

Jap 012005  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country

Jap 011825  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011983  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 92 cm

Tjintjintjin by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin

Jap 011978  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 30 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011984  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 92 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011999  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 012004  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011982  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 30 cm

Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country

Jap 011828  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 001009  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 120 cm

Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country

Jap 011827  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011980  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 30 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011842  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 91 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 004093  |  acrylic on linen  |  119 x 86 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 001008  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 115 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000994  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 145 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000991  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011994  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 75 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 005120  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 62 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 004116  |  acrylic on linen  |  205 x 154 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 012000  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 012002  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011838  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 30 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 012001  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 012003  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Debra Young Nakamarra

Debra Young Nakamarra  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011974  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 30 cm

Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country

Jap 010737  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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