Tingari Cycle - Wanapatangu (2005)
The subject of this painting is associated with a Dreaming (Creation Era) events of the Tingari Cycle related to the site of Wanapatangu, a remote location to the north-east of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) in the Gibson Desert of Western Australia. The natural features of the area surrounding Wanapatangu consists of underground caves and rockholes set amongst the rocky outcrops.
The white elongated rectangles set against the black background depicts rocky outcrops, which surround a rockhole containing water (the red rectangle).
Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret and sacred nature no further details were given. Generally, the Tingari are a group of Mythological beings of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices. Their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.
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…