Maywokka Chapman


This painting depicts Mayiwalku’s ngurra (home Country, camp); the land she walked as a young child. Her Country, the Manyjilyjarra region, is located within the central Great Sandy Desert of northwest Western Australia. Features of the landscape are here portrayed aerially with geographical familiarity, including tali (sandhills), warta (vegetation), and the many life sustaining water sources known intimately through both real life experience and the recounting of jukurrpa (dreamtime) narratives. In her own words, May describes the sentiment behind this painting: “Long way. Me little one, small child. Walking, walking, walking, but no tired. Good one, gathering food, my family, young ones. Long time ago.”

Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 91.5cm (h) x 152cm (w)
Region: Pilbara

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