Exhibition: Kunawarritji Leading Ladies
Kunawarritji Leading Ladies
Suzanne O'Connell Gallery • October 2015
More details and images on the Suzanne O'Connell website.
From the website:
"Nora Wompi, Nora Nungabar and Bugai Whylouter have each developed strong careers as leading Martu artists; and while recognising their respective paintings as individual achievements is appropriate, this exhibition asks us to consider that such a tightly trained focus may also be inadequate.
Wompi and Nungabar are bound together by the Country they share in the middle stretches of the Western Australian desert. They are also bound by the histories that found them both travelling north as young women along the Canning Stock Route; to settle, for a time, in Balgo before eventually moving back to their homelands around Kunawarritji.
Bugai Whylouter, from Martu country further south, married Wompi's son and thereby entered into a circle of colourful kinship that would make an artist of her: 'I learned how to paint by watching Wompi. Nungabar and Wompi really know how to paint. I watched them and learned from them.'
To emphasise this relatedness, this cross-pollinating power of their practice, is in no way to diminished Bugai, Wompi or Nungabar's individual creativity. This social life of style is the lifeblood of their respective artistry.
The canvas - whether solo or collaborative - is a campfire in Kunawarritji around which these women sit and sing, compete, joke and share their lives. Their art expresses that social bond, that story, as much any other."