In this wonderful artwork, the subject is associated with a Jukurrpa (Dreaming) event in the Tingari Cycle, which is related to the site of Wilkinkarra (the great salt lake of Lake Mackay) in Western Australia where Walala and his family lived a traditional lifestyle until 1984.
The intensity of Walala’s rectangular forms seem to have a life of their own, creating movement through the canvas. Tjapaltjarri, who has made the most of his use of limited colours, uses it to incredible effect. Coming as he does from salt-lake country where one’s vision is constantly challenged, Walala use of white provides a bold intense moment across the landscape.
Region: Kiwirrkurra (Gibson Desert), WA
Walala began abstracting the classical Pintupi designs, creating a highly graphic language to speak of his country and ceremonial sites. The rectangles so prominent in his paintings form both a physical and spiritual map…