• 21. Wingarntjirri

Sally Butler Tjimpuna

21. Wingarntjirri

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'This is my borning place - Wingarntjirri. It is west of Tjukurla community. These are the Tali and Kapi, the sanddunes and rockholes, of that place. I was born in the bush. My mother, Katjarra Butler, was walking around from place to place with me getting ready. She had me at Wingarntjirri'.

Sally Butler is the daughter of acclaimed senior artist Katjarra Butler. She has two sons, Patrick and Winston. Sally spends most of her time at Tjukurla Community although she has connections in Darwin and Batchelor. Sally’s works often depict the women out collecting food around the Tjukurla area.Sally has a vibrant energy which is channelled into her use of colour and form. She has a command of colour which echoes her personality; favouring joyful, bright shades and harmonious palettes. Her emergent style echoes her mother's stories and the knowledge she has of the significant sites around her home country in the western desert. In addition to her painting practice, Sally has worked with batik and other textiles, and more recently has expanded into silk dyeing and painting techniques. The soft-edged forms of this medium evoke the gentle lushness with which her mother depicts sacred desert sites, however Sally's work has a unique freshness all of its own.

Tjarlirli Art and Kaltukatjara Art are two community-owned art centers located on either side of the border between the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The Tjarlirli art centre is located in Tjukurla, a small community of around 50 people in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Tjukurla was established here in the 1980s due to its proximity to extremely significant cultural sites and the ancestral homelands of community members. Nestled between sand dunes and the vast salt lake (Lake Hopkins). Kaltukatjara art centre is just across the border in the NPY Lands of the Northern Territory. Kaltukatjara (Docker River) community was established as a settlement in the 1960s and is now home to around 300 people. It lies along stunning mountain ranges and river beds.

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