Taylor Cooper - Malara: Wanampi Tjukurpa - 122 x 102 cm - 18-27

Taylor Cooper - Malara: Wanampi Tjukurpa - 122 x 102 cm - 18-27
Taylor Cooper - Malara: Wanampi Tjukurpa - 122 x 102 cm - 18-27

Taylor Cooper - Malara: Wanampi Tjukurpa - 122 x 102 cm - 18-27

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Artiste : Taylor Cooper

Titre : Malara: Wanampi Tjukurpa

Format : 122 x 102 cm

Provenance et certificat : centre d'art de Kaltjiti

Ref : 18-27

Explications de l'œuvre :

Taylor (1940) began painting at the Kaltjiti Arts centre in 2009. It was soon recognised that his paintings contained a strong representation of Tribal knowledge. His painting refers to the creation stories or Tjukurpa associated with the traditional homelands of his mother and father. An expert craftsman, Taylor continues to make the traditional hunting weapons of aboriginal men, particularly kulata (spears) and kulata miru (spear throwers).
Malara is the place of the Wanampi Tjukurpa - Water Serpent Dreaming - in the far west of the APY Lands. Taylor was born at this important site making the Malara Wanampi his Tjukurpa totemic ancestor. Taylor is Nguraritja, a traditional custodian of this story. Taylor explains: “That Wanampi came from Malara. He went to Kunytjanu near Pipalyatjara. From Kunytjanu that Wanampi kept walking, walking. He came to Tjuntun (Kutjupa  – different to Tjuntun at Fregon.) near Watarru. He threw one spear and made that rockhole. He went right in that rockhole and then he travelled back to Malara."
Taylor is an important senior tribesman and he is a recognised custodian of traditional Aboriginal law and culture. He has never married and his disposition reflects a quiet dignity of a senior man. Taylor holds a responsibility as uncle to his two sisters’ children.

Collections : National Gallery of Victoria, Private Collections, Harriett & Richard England Collection, Sydney, Laverty Collection, Artbank Collection...

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