This exhibition is brought to you by Outstation, in collaboration with the following art centres:
- Angkaliya Curtis
- Anyupa Stevens
- Beryl Jimmy
- Ginger Wikilyiri
- Helen Curtis
- Keith Stevens
- Lisa Boogar
- Tjampawa Stevens
HOMELANDS comprises the many talents and diverse artistic styles of Tjungu Palya artists as they paint their shared Tjukurrpa.
Comprising paintings by NATSIAA finalists Angkaliya Curtis, Keith Stevens and Ginger Wikilyiri, Salon des Refusés entrant Beryl Jimmy and the revered Tjampawa Stevens. Also showing work by Anyupa Stevens and Lisa Boogar.
Renown artists Tjampawa Stevens and husband Keith Stevens share the Piltati story albeit with their own palette and brushmark: Tjampawa’s use of the bold complementary colours of emerald green and red punctuated with shades of violet and blue, to Keith’s deep and luminous reds and idiosyncratic line as the two wanampi (ancestral serpents) seek their wives.
Familial talent runs deep as Tjampawa and Keith’s daughter Anyupa Stevens, uses both colour and line to feature prominently in her work as she traces the Tjala Tjukurrpa (honey ants) as they burrow underground moving in “beautiful ways making interesting shapes on top of the earth and under the sand.”
“When I was a young girl my grandmother would take me to look for honey ants. While we were in the bush she would sing the tjala story and we would follow the littlle tracks together with our digging sticks, finding the best places to dig. When I paint I remember these moments in the bush with my grandmother and the sound of the tjala song.”
– ANYUPA STEVENS
Mother and daughter Angkaliya and Helen Curtis share Cave Hill country, a sacred place for the Seven Sisters Tjukurrpa. An earth palette underlies Angkaliya’s soft snaking lines, while Helen’s work shows a dramatic use of striking colour reflecting on the desert raisins and bush tomatoes the Minyma tjuta (the sisters) have been collecting in their cave.