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, and is accompanied by its certificate of authenticity.
Lydia Young Nungarrayi is a Pintupi woman from Tjukurla in Western Australia. Her mother is a well-known artist Marlene Young Nungarrayi, who taught Lydia her traditional stories that relate to land and spiritual ancestry. Lydia paints My Country, which is a story associated with the land and sacred women’s sites of her land. She and her family would conduct important ceremonies at these sites and tell stories of their travelling ancestors who would gather at these sites to rest, or sing and dance.
Lydia’s paintings consist of traditional linear designs, concentric circles and dot work that are iconic to Western Desert art. The lines represent the travel path of the women between ceremonial campsites, and the concentric circles signify the campsites themselves and various topographical elements in the area. Such topographical elements include mountainous sand hills (concentric styled U-shapes), dry riverbeds (a band of lines perpendicular to one another), rocky landscape (small circles), and people travelling across country (u shapes). This is Lydia’s depiction of mapping out the Tjukurla area, exactly where her traveling story takes place.
The line work is also referred to as the story lines. It tells the story of her Country and her ancestors: its importance is very significant as this is how the story is passed on and understood by generations to come in her family.