Yukultji Napangati


Yukultji Napangati (born 1975) was born north of Kiwirrkurra near Wilkinkarra, a vast salt lake in Western Australia. She left her traditional hunting-and-gathering life in 1984 and became a member of the “Pintupi Nine,” one of the last Indigenous groups to come out of the desert and make first contact with modern Australian society. As much an active forager in the environment as a painter, Yukultji began painting at Kiwirrkurra in 1996, at first with the other women who started there and later with her husband, Charlie Ward Tjakamarra. Yukultji articulates her relationship to “Country” and her desert upbringing in a style that is both restrained and enigmatic.

Drawing on ancestral narratives or Dreamings passed down to her through generations, her distinctive style involves intense and refined mark making on large canvases to produce optical sensations related to natural phenomena. Her subject matter is the mythological ancestral women whose travels and activities shaped the landforms of her Country. Yukultji’s shimmering surfaces and subtle use of color first captured a wider audience through her inclusion in the Primavera exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in 2005. Her work resides in public and private collections in Australia and the United States.

玉柯媞·納潘加蒂(1975年生)生於吉維爾庫拉(Kiwirrkurra)以北麥凱湖(Wilkinkarra)附近,位於西澳的一個廣闊的鹽湖。玉柯媞在1984年脫離傳統狩獵和採摘野果為生的生活,成為「九個賓土比人」(Pintupi Nine)的其中一員,他們是最後一批離開沙漠接觸現代澳洲社會的原住民部落。玉柯媞在自然環境中任覓食者,在藝術界裡也同樣活躍,她於1996年在吉維爾庫拉開始繪畫,最初與其他女藝術家一起工作,後來跟她的丈夫查理·沃特·賈卡馬拉(Charlie Ward Tjakamarra)一起繪畫。玉柯媞用克制及神秘的方式描繪她與「國土」的關係及其在沙漠長大的成長經歷。