These wall plaques are a nod to the Minyma Mamu Inma, the ‘monster’ women. As the women walks through the burnt country, she becomes covered in white ash jumping about on hot coals with a large bright red mouth yelping in pain and scaring everyone – like a monster woman. The head decoration changes each time she dances.
The dance of the Monster Woman enacts the journey of the Minyma following her husband’s tracks towards Wataru in the west of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. As she was walking along she picked up a stick and was dancing as she went. She took the wrong track and was in the path of a big bushfire – Waru pulka pitjanangka. A big bushfire was coming towards her.
“Panya palunya kampangi warungku tjina munu mara, kuru puntu winki”.
She was walking over the hot coals – tjikani. Burning embers stuck her hands, eyes, in her mouth all over her body and she has no clothes on – puluru ultja wiya. Her stick went flying out of her hands as she brushed the burning fire off.
These unique metal artworks are cut by Alice Springs-based artist, Shane Forrester, who specialises in hand-crafted goods. The shapes are drawn by the Anangu artists, cut by Shane, and then painted by in Kaltjiti by local artists.
- Acrylic paint on cut metal
90cm x 60cm
A collaborative project with several artists from Kaltjiti Arts and Crafts.
Kaltjiti Arts and Crafts is a community based, Aboriginal art centre in the remote community of Fregon in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South Australia. The heart of the small community is the art centre which is a place of inspiration, dynamism and a cultural focal point.
Through their artworks, elders and senior artists teach younger generations about important cultural traditions and stories, passing on knowledge that has come to them from their ancestors.
Katjiti Arts is known as an art centre with diversity of aesthetic and a depth of talent. Senior male artists Witjiti George and Taylor Copper are joined by senior women, Manitjanu Lennon, Imitjala Curley, Matjangka Norris and Kathy Maringka, all exploring Tjukurpa of the region. Senior artists enjoy the opportunity of working together on collaborative major works, which are also used to teach younger generations skills in painting technique and story telling. It is this commitment to Tjukurpa and traditional painting technique which has allowed Kaltjiti Arts to establish a reputation as being an art centres of that creates artworks of the highest quality, which are also rich in cultural integrity.
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