MUKULA, 2007

Aboriginal Art from the Luczo Family Collection
19 October 2016


born c.1948
MUKULA, 2007

synthetic polymer paint on linen

120.0 x 120.0 cm

bears inscription verso: artist’s name, size and Papunya Tula Artists cat. YN0704115

$7,000 – 9,000
Sold for $14,640 (inc. BP) in Auction 45 - 19 October 2016, Melbourne

Painted at Alice Springs in 2007
Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
AP Bond Gallery, Adelaide
The Luczo Family Collection, USA

Catalogue text

This painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists that states: ‘This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Mukula, east of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. During mythological times a large group of ancestral women came from the west and stopped at this site to perform the ceremonies associated with the area. They later continued their travels towards the east passing through Ngaminya, Kiwirrkura and Wirrulnga on their way to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). As the women travelled they gathered a variety of bush foods including kampurarrpa berries (desert raisin) from the small shrub Solanum centrale, and pura (bush tomato) from the plant Solanum chippendalei. Kampurarrpa berries can be eaten directly from the plant but are sometimes ground into a paste and cooked on the coals as a type of damper, while pura are the size of an apricot, and after the seeds have been removed, can be stored for long periods by halving the fruit and skewering them onto a stick.

The shapes in the painting represent the features of the country through which they travelled as well as the bush food they gathered.’