Artist Yurpiya Lionel
Title Anumara
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 100 × 150 cm
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Yurpiya Lionel

Yurpiya Lionel was born at the homeland Donald’s Well, about 45km east of Pukatja (Ernabella). She started painting in 2004, and uses abstract mark-making to depict flowers, animals, insects and bush tucker. She is also a very accomplished fibre sculptor and weaver, using tjanpi and raffia to make baskets, animals and vehicles. In 2015, Yurpiya was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, and in 2018 she was a finalist in the Wynne Prize.

Artist statement

Anumara, near Irrunytju (Wingellina) in Western Australia, is in Yurpiya Lionel’s family’s country. Anumara is also the name for a kind of caterpillar and the tjukurpa (dreaming) place for this caterpillar. This caterpillar lives in the grass and can be eaten if the grass it eats is removed. The place shares the same colours of the caterpillar – brown, yellow and pale green. Keeping this place safe will ensure that the caterpillars multiply.