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Zoom Scarf - Taracarijimo Freda Warlapinni, Pwoja – Pukumani
Zoom Scarf - Taracarijimo Freda Warlapinni, Pwoja – Pukumani
Zoom Scarf - Taracarijimo Freda Warlapinni, Pwoja – Pukumani

Scarf - Taracarijimo Freda Warlapinni, Pwoja – Pukumani



The NGV design store has designed a range of merchandise to celebrate the diversity of mark making and colour in Tiwi visual culture.

TIWI celebrates the unique art and culture of the Tiwi people of Melville and Bathurst Islands and explores the dynamic trajectory of Tiwi art across time and media. Tiwi art is intimately connected with song and dance and with jilamara, the idiosyncratic body painting designs with which performers celebrate kulama and conceal their identity from mapurtiti (spirits of the deceased) for pukumani ceremonies. The spirit of each work resides in the Tiwi notion of individual creativity, expressed through turtiyanginari (colour), patterns of marlipinyini (lines), kurluwukari (circles) and pwanga (dots).


Dimensions: 140cm x 93cm
Exclusive to NGV design store

About the artwork

Taracarijimo Freda Warlapinni’s work is characterised by bold brush marks and methodically applied gestural markings. Many of her compositions are lines within lines, with the artist’s vigorous cross-hatchings inspiring her daughter Pamela to coin the nickname ‘arcmesh’, an affectionate epithet that stuck. Horizontal bands painted across the surface are a structural form from which to ‘hang’ short tassel-like strokes, ‘always painted downwards’, as her artist son Linus emphasised. There is a clear logic to this vertical orientation, following the ironwood tutini (pole) and the human body. In some works, dots, in-filled circles, squares and grids break the artist’s linear habit.

Tiwi c. 1928–2003
Pwoja – Pukumani body paint design 2002
earth pigments on canvas
137.0 x 84.0 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Purchased, 2002

Scarf - Taracarijimo Freda Warlapinni, Pwoja – Pukumani



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