By the mid 2000, painting became the major activity in Mitjili’s life, where she applied the same focus and tenacity that made her so capable of surviving off the land.
Mitjili’s work possessed a beautiful narrative, with a fluid range of connections that seem to change with each viewing. Her works, often soaked in colour consistent of two themes, that of early life living with close family, and the landscape imbued with traditional perceptions of creation.
Wirnparrku is the region often depicted in her works. Her memories of large and impressive rock and mountain formations, relied on her memories of her early life.
Wirnparrku by Mitjili Napanangka Gibson (2010)
Her works on Wirnparrku is mainly connected to the Jintijintirrpa dreaming (Willy Wagtail) that extends back to the east into Anmatjerri country. The main soakage in the area, which she talks about and includes in her painting, is known as Kunamara.
Mitjili describes Wirnparrku as not being a low-down-place but a high-up-place where they
could climb up… Mitjili says that when she is painting and thinking about places and the stories associated with them she thinks “This contains a sacred story. I had better leave this alone and I
(jutupungka) cover it up”.
This region is also were Mitjili’s brother, Pinta Pinta, was tapped on the shoulder by Bush Tjapaljarri in 1984/1985. Mitjili’s brother then explained to Bush Tjapaljarri that this was his grandfather’s country, and that his grandfather had taken his name from the soakage, Kunamara.
In this work Mitjili depicts the Yumari and Wirnparrku areas, where Mitjili’s father was known to be traveling along with his wife, through the cliffs when they were attacked by men with throwing spears from the edge of the cliffs. This is where Mitjili’s father died.
01 - 30 April 2018
Welcome to our Shining Forth - Colour Power Exhibition. This exhibition….. Proudly presenting the following artists Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Geraldine Nowee, Judy Napangardi Watson, Pamela Napurrurla Walker and Linda Napurrurla Walker, Alma Nungarrayi Granites, Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,…
01 January 2018 - 31 December 2019
We are excited to be planning our series of online exhibitions over the next 12 months… after the thought provoking “Climate Change in The Pacific” by Fiji’s leading multi-media artist Rusiate Lali, other exhibitions in the pipeline cover a varied range of topics that include some of our key…
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