APY Grandeur - FREGON (Kaltjiti Arts)
8 AM 5082/07
Nola Wongway Inma-ku Walka - Body Design for Ceremony 2007
Acrylic on canvas 1016 x 1219mm SOLD
Nola has described this painting as ‘inmaku walka' body design for ceremony. The U shapes are the images
painted on the chest for inma traditional dance.
The painting of ‘walka’ or design, is inspired by the rich tradition of Aboriginal culture, and connection to country
and reflects images of the desert landscape through pattern and colour.
The distinctive Walka style developed out of the tradition of telling stories by drawing in the sand known as
Milpatjunany. Making marks in the sand is a way of passing on traditional knowledge about law and culture as well
as about the country and daily life. Walka is the name given to imagery that is secular and with emphasis on
design. Characteristics of the ‘walka’ include patterning often with repetition of shapes and a symmetrical
The desert landscape is a constant source of inspiration for artists. Spectacular and ancient landforms, images of
the bush, and vibrant colours, are reflected through artwork. This unique place is the Pitjantjatjara/Yankunyjatjara
Lands in the far north of South Australia.