YUNULA, 2007

Important Fine Art + Aboriginal Art
2 December 2015


born 1970 Pintupi, Western Desert region
YUNULA, 2007

synthetic polymer paint on linen

153.0 x 122.0 cm

inscribed verso; artist’s name, size and Papunya Tula Artists cat. YN0711061

Private sale

Painted at KiwirrKurra in 2007 for Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
Private collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in 2008

Catalogue text

This painting depicts designs associated with Yunala, a rockhole and soakage water site situated among sandhills just to the west of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia.

During ancestral times a group of women camped at this site after travelling further west. While at Yunala the women camped beside the rockhole, digging for the edible roots of the bush banana or silky pear vine Marsdenia australis, also known as yunala. The lines in this painting represent both the sandhills surrounding the site and the yunala. The women later continued their travels towards the east, passing through the Kiwirrkura area on their way to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).