Marrapinti #623


This painting depicts the creation events at the rockhole site of Marrapinti, west of Kiwirrkurra, Western Australia. A group of senior women camped at this site, they gathered Kampuarra (Bush Raisin) which are ground to make a kind of traditional damper. This site is also associated with nose piercing rituals for the Pintupi women.

The grid design of the painting literally represents a symbolic map of the Western Desert region and each section depicts ancestral activities that were part of the formation of the present day environment.


Painted for Yanda Aboriginal Art, Alice Springs NT, Australia, 2010;
Acquired by Leslie Smith Gallery Amsterdam, 2011 

Lorna Ward Napanangka

b. 1961
Papunya, Northern Territory

Lorna Ward Napanangka was born in 1961 in Papunya. Her father was the famous Timmy Payunka Tjapangati, one of the first generation of the Papunya Tula Artists. Lorna herself began painting in 1996. She generally paints the traditional ceremonial site at Marrapinti. “Tingari" women (mythical ancestors) camped at this site during their travels towards the east. Whilst there the women made . . .
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