Untitled (Women's Dreaming at Ilpilli), painting by Daisy Leura Nakamarra
Untitled (Women's Dreaming at Ilpilli), painting by Daisy Leura Nakamarra.
1985, natural ochre pigments on canvas, 70.5cm x 60.8cm. Gippsland Art Gallery Collection. Donated from the estate of Marjorie Tipping, 2009.
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Reproduced courtesy the artist and Papunya Tula Artists.
Daisy Leura Nakamarra, who was one of the first women to paint with the Papunya Tula group of artists, is an important figure within Australian indigenous art. Her brightly coloured dot paintings draw on traditional themes to tell the story of her culture. As a ‘senior law woman’, Nakamarra does not depict imagery relating to Aboriginal ceremony, believing that it is disrespectful to her culture. She advocates, instead, for works that depict native ‘bush tucker’ themes, and for women artists such as herself to limit themselves to secular themes from the women’s sphere.