Acrylic on canvas, 90x101cm.
“Minyma Kutjarra are sitting at Kurlianpurru in the artist’s father’s country making mangurri or headrings, used by Aboriginal women to balance their bowls on their heads for travelling. As they made, each Mangurri they threw them out into the landscape around them, for people to use. The concentric circles show both the head rings and the sacred site of Kurlianpurru at the centre of the painting.”
Christine West is minyma Yarnangu, a senior Ngaanyatjarra speaking Aboriginal woman. Born in the country half way between Alice Springs and Kalgoorlie, she has spent most of her life based in Warburton Community. As well as being a long time traditional wood carver she is also gaining renown as a painter and works with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Christine is a respected senior law woman and community member whose skills have been passed on through the Tjukurpa