Kapiku Walka (Waterhole) by Rene Kulitja (920x610mm) Acrylic on Canvas

Kapiku Walka (Waterhole) by Rene Kulitja (920x610mm) Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: X1584-18

920x610mm Acrylic on Canvas



Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for
the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.

Rene has painted the waterhole at Wala, a short way south of Uluru. It is a small, spring-fed rockhole on the side of a hill and one of the few permanent water sources in the area. Waterholes mark sites related to the Creation Ancestors’ journeys across the country; the ‘dreaming tracks’ followed by countless generations of Anangu since. The sites are linked through inma or ceremony - the singing, dancing and body painting which reveals the laws of nature and provides a blue print for life and a guiding map of country. Places like Wala are still visited today to be cleaned and maintained as they havebeen since Creation times.


About the Artist

Artist : Rene Kulitja

Born : 1958

Language : Pitjantjatjara

Date : 15/01/2018

Community : Mutitjulu, NT

Rene grew up in Ernabella and Amata in the north of South Australia before marrying and moving to Docker River and later Mutitjulu. Her
parents Walter Pukutiwara and Topsy Tjulyata, were acclaimed wood carvers and founders of Maruku Arts. Rene is a member of the NPY
Women’s Council Executive, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir and a past member of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of
Joint Management. Rene was also a founding director of Walkatjara Art and a current director and previous chair of Maruku. Rene spends much
of her time travelling as both artist and advocate for her people.

  • About Maruku Arts

    For over 30 years Maruku has operated as a not-for-profit art and craft corporation, owned and operated by Anangu. Approximately 900 Aboriginal artists belonging to over 20 remote communities across the Central and Western Deserts, make up the collective that is Maruku. Our purpose is to keep culture strong and alive, through art, craft and organic experiences.