"Minyma Kutjara" by Veronica Reid (380x900mm) Acrylic on Canvas
380x900mm 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.
Through Veronica’s traditional lands travels the Tjukurpa of Minyma Kutjara, The Two Women. During the creation period, as they hunted and
adventured along the way, they formed many aspects of the landscape and leaving behind information still used today about the important rituals and work of collecting mai or plant foods.
She has painted what is like a map that only she and other people of this country can read. Coded in the landscape and in the Creation or Law
stories is the information needed to hunt and survive. Dot paintings like this one are a contemporary way of continuing to celebrate and teach
through the Tjukurpa.
About the Artist
Artist : Veronica Reid
Born : 1979
Language : Pitjantjatjara
Date : 21/09/2016
Community : Docker River, NT
Veronica Reid is minyma Anangu, a young Pitjantjatjara woman from the Central and Western Desert area of Australia. Although born in Alice
Springs she was raised and still lives in the country that belongs to generations of her ancestors. Her grandparents were among the first families
to move back to the Petermann Ranges in the south western corner of the Northern Territory to the newly established seƩlement of
Kaltukatjara or Docker River.
Veronica has a strong desire to paint her country and express her people’s connections to it. Two of the important ancestral Tjukurpa or Law stories she is related to are the Minyma Kutjara (Two Women) and Tjitji Ngati (Children of the Hollow). She has a natural flair and an innovative style which, combined with her knowledge and understanding of her traditions, give her work great power.
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.