Amata Dreaming (My Country)


To be Auctioned on July 25th 12 Noon


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By Alison Munti


Alison Munti Riley
Title – Ngayuku Ngura- ‘My Country’
Emerging artist Alison Munti is the daughter of Betty Munti. Born in 1966 at Pukatja (Ernabella), in the Anangu Pitjantjatjarra Yankunytjatjara Lands in South Australia. Munti paints the sacred stories of her home country, which have been passed down to her.Using a palate of rich reds, oranges and browns, Munti deftly portrays her home country and important sites including cave, rockholes , sandhills and general landforms of the APY Lands. The convergence of colour, intricate dot work and diverse design elements (wherein people are represented by ‘U’ shapes seated with their coolamon bowl and digging sticks), infuse Munti’s canvas with a rhythm and energy that is authentic and highly dynamic.
These stories are associated with ‘Women’s Dreamings’ (ceremony/dance). Munti and her relatives nurture intimate knowledge of their land through ceremony, travels and survival through their painting practices. Munti’s paintings rejoice in the growth cycles and the locating and gathering of bush foods, plants and water, all of which are sacred elements for life in the desert. Her topographical works are informed by the warm striking colours of the desert sands and flowers.
Roundels represent waterholes, meeting sites, important women’s sacred sites whilst the lines interconnecting them reference the women journeying from site to site and the songlines in the land.
People’s Choice Award-28th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards


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