Walka is Desert design and inextricably linked with Tjukurpa: the Law and way of life of Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people). The symbols were traditionally used in cave, ground and body paintings, in story telling, teaching and signalling inheritance. Meaning of the designs depends on its subject and particular people are responsible for their re-creation and teaching according to the Tjukurpa. Highly experienced craftspeople have grown up making traditional tools and weapons under the instruction of their elders. They now apply this knowledge and express their world through art such as this.
Both the dot painting and etching techniques, where walka is burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire, have become Centralian traditions, evolving with the adaptation of traditional design for public display and as a depiction of Tjukurpa and landscape.
This walka is connected with a creation story of Niningka’s country at Malara. It concerns Wanampi, powerful water serpents which inhabit and protect water holes. A group of Wati Liru or poisonous snake men marched in battle across the lands as far afield as Uluru and Kata Tjuta. They arrived back in Malara in human form and rested for a while by the fire before taking serpent form again and disappearing into the ground.
This painting needs to be framed or stretched. It’s also being sent direct from the artist at a remote art centre, Maruku Arts, in Mutitjulu, Uluru, NT. Please note there is only one mail plane a week that takes the artwork to Uluru. The tracking information is then received a week later when the mail plane returns so often the painting are delivered before we receive the tracking information. Please expect a slightly longer wait for this very special artwork to arrive.
Acrylic paint on plywood, enhanced by walka (designs burnt onto the wood)
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Unframed (requires framing)
This artwork is unframed and requires framing.