Puli murpu - mountain range
acrylic on linen
152 x 122 cm
Private Collection, Sydney
© The artist and Tjala Arts
‘I have shared my culture in my paintings for a long time, but culture is in everything I do - when I'm sitting down thinking, when I'm singing, when I'm making fire and cooking food, when I'm talking my language - It's just Anangu way and children know that way from when they're born’. Mrs Williamson, 2011.
In this work Mrs Williamson has depicted the Musgrave Ranges, behind Amata. The large dark areas are the mountains from the side and above. She has also depicted Ultukunpa or Honey Grevillea flower which is a favourite bush food of the Anangu (people). Ultukunpa grows in the sandy soils on the plains. The three blue circles at the top of the art work are kapi tjukula or rock holes where water collects after the rains.
Kunmanara (Ruby Tjungawa) Williamson
Born: c.1940 near Wingellina WA
Pitjantjatjara language group
Art Centre: Tjala Arts, Amata
Kunmanara (Ruby Tjungawa) Williamson was a Pitjantjatjara senior law woman committed to fostering traditional law and culture, story-telling, hunting, punu (wood) carving, dancing and painting. She was born in the bush around 1940 and came to live in Amata with her family when she was a young girl.
Mrs Williamson painted with Tjala Arts (formerly Minymaku Arts) since 2000 and was one of Tjala's most revered and charismatic artists. She received ongoing attention and acclaim for her unique and contemporary style. Ruby passed away in 2014.
note: Kunmanara is a term of respect used to replace the first name of Anangu who have died.