Kapi Tjukula Tjuta, meaning ‘many rock holes’ is an extraordinary collaborative painting by Naomi Kantjuriny, Mona Mitakiki and Tjimpayi Presley. The rock holes in the composition convey the importance of the land features in collecting water after it rains and providing water during the dry seasons, especially when water holes and creeks dry up. These sites are not only essential elements in the desert but they are highly revered by all Anangu Pitjantjatjara people. Through painting, these Mitakiki women celebrate the rock holes that remain to be part of the landscape and important ceremonial places for the Indigenous community.
Tjala Arts is located in the Amata community situated in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands. About 2500 people live in the region, which covers more than 103,000 square kilometres of arid land in the far northwest of South Australia. Amata is situated among the picturesque Musgrave Ranges, approximately 120km south of Uluru and 500km southwest of Alice Springs.
Naomi Kantjuriny (b. 1944)
An excellent hunter, basket maker and wood carver, Naomi took to painting with remarkable ease. She is recognised for her knowledge of the Tjukurpa stories of the area and whilst she is a new and emerging artist her technique is well developed. Naomi’s mother’s Dreaming is Malu or kangaroo. Naomi is also a Ngangkari – traditional healer, providing treatments and practices of the mind, body and spirit. She was also a Wynne Prize finalist in 2017, having collaborated with Mona on the submission.
Mona Mitakiki Shepherd (b. 1954)
Mona’s career began in 1998. After a long break she returned to painting in mid 2003 and painted under the name Shepherd from 2005, following the passing of her husband. Mona was taught to paint by senior artist Kunmanara Katie Kawiny, a much respected and revered artist. She was a Wynne Prize finalist in 2017 and her work can be seen in private and institutional collections that include the NGV.
Tjimpayi Presley (b. 1967)
Tjimpayi is the daughter of Tjampawa Katie Kawiny who is also a mentor and a talented artist. Aside from also being an exceptional painter, Tjimpayi is well known for her punu woodblocks, a process that involves burning designs into a wooden surface using hot wire.