This is an original piece of contemporary Aboriginal art, which is part of a tradition that dates back fifty thousand years in Australia. The paintings are centered around their spiritual beliefs, and central to their life. This piece is painted with acrylic on canvas.
Kim Butler Napurrula was a Pintupi woman from Tjukurla, just over the Western Australia border. Kim’s works are primarily My Country and depictions of women’s ceremony and the sacred women’s sites between the communities of Kintore and Kiwikurra. Kim’s work consists of traditional linear designs, concentric circles, and dot work. The lines represent the travel path of the women between ceremonial campsites, and the concentric circles signify the campsites themselves and various topographical elements of the area that Kim’s paintings portray. The line work is also referred to as the story lines, which is the element of Kim’s painting applied first. It tells the story of her country and her ancestors, and is of great importance as this is how the story is passed on and understood by generations to come in Kim’s family.
The fine overlapping and layered dot work represents the sandhills and sand grains and ever changing patterns in the land formed by the wind blowing through the desert. Kim’s paintings are distinct because of her use of minimal color and tone. She typically used combinations of reds, ochres, and black, with the dot work always in white or off-white.