Minyma Tingari (Women of the Tingari), 2001
In this painting Elizabeth uses an individualistic style to represent a site known as Kalimbimba, near Kintore in the Gibson Desert of Western Australia. It narrates the stories of the Tingari ancestors who travelled vast stretches of the country performing rituals, which in turn brought into being the land formations of particular sites.
The natural environment surrounding Kalimbimba is dominated by expansive sandhills, which are represented here by the patterning of lines at the edges of the painting. The use of stratified lines also has its roots in the body paint designs worn by women during sacred ceremonies. The concentric circle depicts the campsite, and the small round shapes are the fire around which the women are preparing for ceremony. It is here where the women are grounding and preparing the ochre for the body paint, with the large curve shapes being the windbreaks made from branches, which the women construct in order to protect themselves from the harsh desert wind.
Elizabeth Nakamarra Marks started painting mid 1990’s. Vital to her work is the telling of women’s sacred stories – narratives that revolve around the role of the woman as healer and provider within Luritja society. Elizabeth is the niece of the highly recognized Papunya Tula artist, the late Johnny Warangkula from Kintore in Western Australia.
After the death of her father, Elizabeth was raised by her stepfather Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula and uncle Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, both esteemed artists of the Papunya Tula art movement.