Marlene Young Nungurrayi - WOMEN's CEREMONY MY1946

Marlene Young Nungurrayi Women’s Ceremony Australian Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas MY1946


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Artist: Marlene Young Nungurrayi
Skin Name: Nungurrayi
Born: c.1973
Region: Tjukurla
Language: Pintupi
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Women's Ceremony.



Marlene was born in 1973 into the Pintupi language group of the Central and Western desert. Marlene is married to Adrian Young Tjupurrula. Her father is the famous Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri and her adopted father is the renowned

Doctor George Tjapaltjarri.
Marlene’s main Tjukurrpa stories include important Women’s Dreamings and the body paint associated with them. Marlene uses bright colours and this is one of her trademarks coupled, that is typical of work from the Western Desert.

Marlene’s works are included in numerous exhibitions and galleries throughout Australia and she is highly regarded as an emerging artist.

Marlene’s works depict the journey path of “Kungka Kutjara“, travelling women and their journey towards the site of Munni Munni which is South East of Kintore.

In this painting Marlene has depicted the area of her birthplace. There are various campsites and ceremonial sites with people being represented by the U shapes. It is at these campsites that dreamtime stories are told and womens ceremonies conducted. At these ceremonies senior women elders gather together to teach their culture & dreamtime stories to the young women. The different colours represent the land and the various rockholes and sandhills.


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