A selection of key stock works by Susan McCulloch
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Nancy Taylor (Karnu) Matakurlu 2011
Acrylic on canvas 460 x 600mm SOLD
“Punmu, nother side, Wapet road, my Ngurra (home), I belong to there. Good hunting place, get everything there, bush tomato, lunki (witchetty grub), bush meat, everything!” In between the communities of Punmu and Kunawarritji the Wapet Road heads north past lake Auld and then heads North West back towards the coast. Just above Lake Auld is Matakurlu a little yinta (water hole). Within the painting the yinta is portrayed by the circular shapes surrounded by the blue and cream lines that are the tuwa (sand hills). The side with predominantly cream colour is a warla (lake). This is the artist’s ngurra (home) country where she grew up during the pujiman (bush) days with her family; they used to stop there during the hotter weather. Throughout the desert from camp place to camp place is the Jukurrpa (dream) story Minyi Puru (seven sisters). The story begins all the over near Roebourne on the west coast and travels all through the desert before heading east. It is a very important story to the Martu people. The basic narrative of the story is that an old man Yurla is chasing seven sisters. The
sisters run away as they make their way through the desert. Matakurlu is one of the places where the sisters stopped to camp before continuing on. This country is Warnman country which is the language of the people that are the traditional owners of the area.