acrylic on Belgian linen
198 x 198 cm
Private Collection, Sydney
© The artist and Mimili Maku

Like many of the women who work at Mimili Maku art centre, Tuppy paints Antara, a sacred place for Anangu. It holds many Tjukurpa (songlines) stories that cross the land. Tuppy explains her work: This painting depicts this special place. Antara has a very important rockhole where the women would perform inmaku pakani, a dance ceremony that would create enough maku for everyone. The painting also depicts the landscape which is surrounded with rocks, rockholes, creeks and mountains.



Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin

Born: c.1960 Bumbali Creek SA
Pitjantjatjara language group

Art Centre: Mimili Maku, Mimili

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin is a senior Pitjantjatjara woman committed to fostering traditional law, dance and painting. She was born in the bush near Bumbali Creek around 1960 and moved to Mimili when she was a baby. Her brother is artist Kunmanara Tjilpi Kankapankatja from Fregon.

Tuppy was a pre-school teacher at the Mimili Anangu School for thirty years. She retired in 2009 and began painting at the Art Centre in 2010 and has been actively exhibiting her work since then. Tuppy lives in Mimili with her husband and fellow artist Mumu Mike Williams.