Patricia Baker Tunkin - MINMA MARLILU TJUKURRPA PT1743

Patricia Baker Tunkin Minma Marlilu Tjukurrpa Australian Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas PT1743


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Artist: Patricia Baker Tunkin
Skin Name: Tunkin
Born: c.1981
Region: Alice Springs
Language: Eastern Anmatyerre
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Kalaya Tjukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) and the important women's figure of Marlilu



Patricia Baker was born in Alice Springs in 1981. She is the granddaughter of the celebrated artist Jimmy Baker, daughter of gifted artist, Kay Baker Tunkin and sister of Teresa Baker Tunkin. Patricia grew up in her grandfather's

country at Kanpi and lived with her grandparents for much of the time, later moving to Fregon where she lived with her parents. It was there that she was first exposed to art via her mother who worked for many years at Kaltjiti Art Centre in the town.

Patricia started painting around 2005 at Tjungu Palya art centre where she was taught by her grandfather, Jimmy. Patricia paints stories associated with her grandfather's dreamings, in particular Kalaya Tjukurpa (Emu Dreaming) and the important woman's creation figure of Marlilu. Patricia is married with a young child and lives in Kanpi in the Pitjantjatjara lands.

Tjukurrpa (culture and ceremonial law) is at the centre of everyday life for anangu (people) living in the Pitjantjatjara Lands. It explains the creation of life and provides a guideline for living life well. There is a strong relationship between this deeply spiritual existence and the creation of art which has integrity, beauty and resonating power.


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