Artist Puna Yanima
Title Antara
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 152 × 122 cm
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Puna Yanima

Puna Yanima was born in the bush, close to De Rose Hill Station in the far north of South Australia. Her father was Norman Yanima and his Country was Piltati, near Nyapari, on the APY Lands. Her mother was Lucy Yanima and she was born in Indulkana. Puna spent her first years living off the land and traveling between communities with her parents and her four siblings. She grew up speaking Yankunytjatjara, and eventually moved to Indulkana as a young girl. Once Puna started a family on her own, she moved to Mimili with her partner and four children.

Puna continues to be one of the senior cultural leaders of Mimili Community. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of inma (ceremonial song and dance) and culture with the next generation. Puna started connecting her deep knowledge of country with the practice of painting as soon as Mimili Maku Arts was founded. As one of the community leaders, she was instrumental in developing the art centre in its early stages.

Artist statement

Antara is an important women’s ceremonial site near Mimili community. Many of the senior women at Mimili Maku Arts represent Antara and its significant Maku Tjukurpa (Witchetty Grub Dreaming) in their paintings. Puna Yanima has utilised the immediacy and loose fluidity of ink to map the ngura (country) of this sacred place, marking its kapi tjukula (rock holes), apu and murpu (rocks and mountains).