Tjuntjuntjara Punu Project

Gallery 2

19 July - 21 August 2013

 

Tjulpu – Bird by Kumana Goodwin

Kumana Goodwin  |  Tjulpu – Bird

Jap 009193  |  Western Myall & Salmon gum

Punu Sculpture by Fred Grant

Fred Grant  |  Punu Sculpture

Jap 009178  |  Western Myall wood

Punu Bench by Fred Grant, Dwayne Colman, Mick Rictor

Fred Grant, Dwayne Colman, Mick Rictor  |  Punu Bench

Jap 009180  |  Western Myall & Salmon gum

Punu Shape by Frank Davies

Frank Davies  |  Punu Shape

Jap 009210  |  Western Myall wyanu

Pulka by Alex Ward

Alex Ward  |  Pulka

Jap 009199  |  Sandalwood

Punu Puppet by Nicholas Booger

Nicholas Booger  |  Punu Puppet

Jap 009191  |  Western Myall wyanu

Punu Puppet by Naaomi Felton

Naaomi Felton  |  Punu Puppet

Jap 009201  |  Western Myall wood

Warda by Kumana Goodwin

Kumana Goodwin  |  Warda

Jap 009195  |  Western Myall wood

Carved Punu by Janine Hogan

Janine Hogan  |  Carved Punu

Jap 009184  |  Western Myall wood

Carved Lizard by Anton Currie

Anton Currie  |  Carved Lizard

Jap 009181  |  Quandong wood

Malu – Kangaroo by Kumana Goodwin

Kumana Goodwin  |  Malu – Kangaroo

Jap 009194  |  Salmon gum & Jacaranda

Punu Pattern by Gracie Grant

Gracie Grant  |  Punu Pattern

Jap 009182  |  Western Myall wood

Punu Puppet by Joe Walker

Joe Walker  |  Punu Puppet

Jap 009202  |  Western Myall wood

Punu Puppet by Waverly Ward

Waverly Ward  |  Punu Puppet

Jap 009200  |  Sandalwood

Punu Puppet Kadaya by Rochelle Franks

Rochelle Franks  |  Punu Puppet Kadaya

Jap 009186  |  Western Myall wood

Punu Puppet by Rochelle Franks

Rochelle Franks  |  Punu Puppet

Jap 009185  |  Western Myall wood

Punu Puppet by Kelly Pennington

Kelly Pennington  |  Punu Puppet

Jap 009196  |  Western Myall wood

Punu Sculpture by Fred Grant

Fred Grant  |  Punu Sculpture

Jap 009179  |  Western Myall wood

Wati Kataya by Byron Brooks

Byron Brooks  |  Wati Kataya

Jap 009190  |  Western Myall wood

Rapita by Adelle Hogan

Adelle Hogan  |  Rapita

Jap 009197  |  Sandalwood

Punu Puppet by Janine Hogan

Janine Hogan  |  Punu Puppet

Jap 009183  |  Western Myall wood

Flowers by Marlene Hogan

Marlene Hogan  |  Flowers

Jap 009188  |  Jacaranda

Punu Puppet by Bernard Nixon

Bernard Nixon  |  Punu Puppet

Jap 009203  |  Western Myall wood

Punu Puppet by

Punu Puppet

Jap 009206  |  Western Myall wood

Punu Puppet by Kiara Currie

Kiara Currie  |  Punu Puppet

Jap 009192  |  Sandalwood

Liru Punu by Jermaine Franks

Jermaine Franks  |  Liru Punu

Jap 009189  |  Western Myall wyanu

Kulunypa by Alex Ward

Alex Ward  |  Kulunypa

Jap 009198  |  Western Myall wyanu

Punu Puppet by Rhianna Hogan

Rhianna Hogan  |  Punu Puppet

Jap 009205  |  Western Myall wyanu

Ilkaritjara by Tjaduwa Woods

Tjaduwa Woods  |  Ilkaritjara

Jap 007486  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 134 cm

Mulpila by Myrtle Pennington

Myrtle Pennington  |  Mulpila

Jap 006391  |  acrylic on linen  |  139 x 137 cm

Yampil by Tjaduwa Woods

Tjaduwa Woods  |  Yampil

Jap 006394  |  acrylic on linen  |  138 x 124 cm

Spinifex Men by Fred Grant, Roy Underwood, L. Walker

Fred Grant, Roy Underwood, L. Walker  |  Spinifex Men

Jap 006565  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 167 cm

Pukara by Roy Underwood

Roy Underwood  |  Pukara

Jap 007482  |  acrylic on canvas  |  158 x 135 cm

Tjukultjara by Lennard Walker

Lennard Walker  |  Tjukultjara

Jap 007513  |  acrylic on linen  |  149 x 138 cm

Minyma Tjuta, Kurualla by Tjayangka Woods

Tjayangka Woods  |  Minyma Tjuta, Kurualla

Jap 006572  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 90 cm

Waltjipi by Tjaduwa Woods

Tjaduwa Woods  |  Waltjipi

Jap 006567  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 89 cm

Ngalkuritjara by Yarangka Elaine Thomas

Yarangka Elaine Thomas  |  Ngalkuritjara

Jap 006388  |  acrylic on linen  |  138 x 92 cm

Estelle Hogan by Baltatjara

Baltatjara  |  Estelle Hogan

Jap 007497  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 82 cm

Pirilyi by Fred Grant

Fred Grant  |  Pirilyi

Jap 007502  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 108 cm

Kanpa, Mulpula by Myrtle Pennington

Myrtle Pennington  |  Kanpa, Mulpula

Jap 006564  |  acrylic on canvas  |  52 x 41 cm

Tjintirlkara by Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson  |  Tjintirlkara

Jap 007489  |  acrylic on canvas  |  50 x 40 cm

Tjulabi and Tjukula by Anne Hogan

Anne Hogan  |  Tjulabi and Tjukula

Jap 007507  |  acrylic on linen  |  71 x 69 cm

Seven Sisters at Pitjitjara by Anne Hogan

Anne Hogan  |  Seven Sisters at Pitjitjara

Jap 007501  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 135 cm

Kampingka by Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson  |  Kampingka

Jap 007479  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 83 cm

Tuwan by Ian Rictor

Ian Rictor  |  Tuwan

Jap 006384  |  acrylic on canvas  |  163 x 128 cm

A community project that involves the cross generational sharing of skills has led to an exhibition of punu or wood sculptures created in the small Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjarra, located on the Spinifex lands in the Great Victoria Desert, 700 kms east of Kalgoorlie. A group of the artists will be travelling to attend the opening night.

The Tjuntjuntjara Punu Project saw artists of all ages making bush trips with tools and equipment, to gather material and create punu works. On a typical punu bush trip the desert soundscape was accompanied by the rhythmic chopping of axes, and the sounds of rasping and filing by the focused artists. During this creative process, conversation would often be centred around stories – stories about animals, about family and about punu, all in a mixture of Pitjantjatjara and English.

The Spinifex people are strong in culture and the elders are highly skilled artefact makers with a passion for working with timber and teaching the younger generation. A granddaughter recalls, “I first remember making punu with my grandparents when I was 13, I was shown how to make a lizard. The old people make punu at home or out sitting under trees.”

Project facilitator Ange Leech says “Throughout the project the most enjoyable activities included bush trips where artists of all ages would take tools and equipment, gather material and create punu works. Here young and old would practice traditional modes of sourcing the soft wood for carving (punutjula) roots of the Guangdong tree (wyanu). “

“These trips would often involve other cultural activities including collecting maku (witchety grub) and cooking damper. Artworks would often be swapped, left or shared, as the actual activity and process of working timber carries as much value as the works themselves.”

Ange Leech adds  “The show at Japingka Gallery will present elders and grandchildren’s punu with a selection of Spinifex paintings by senior artists. There will be a range of artefacts, all quite unique as we have had some different timbers to work with. The theme of the show will be the transition of artforms and punu making across the generations.”

“Young people work very naturally and most are as focused as the old people. When starting a new work young people use the same tools and processes that the old people use to make artefacts.”

“Once they have the general shape of their subject they can jump on a few machines and fancy gadgets. I am excited to say the kids are pulling off some pretty gnarly work on both machines and hand tools. We are in the process of making a film for the school covering the students’ involvement in the project.”

“This punu puppet characters have been a bit of a hit. Being out bush has been absolutely fantastic, I am a sad the project is coming to a close,” Ange said.  This exhibition will be on display at Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery in Fremantle  until 21 August.

It is presented in association with Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation, project facilitator Ange Leech, and supported by Country Arts WA, Shire of Menzies, AngloGold Ashanti Australia and Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School.