Artist Pauline Wangin
Title Kapi Tjukula (Waterhole)
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 152 × 122 cm
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Pauline Wangin

Pauline Wangin was born in Indulkana on the APY Lands and grew up in the neighbouring community of Mimili. She worked as a teacher at the Mimili school after graduation. Pauline started working at Mimili Maku Arts when it was first founded. For many years, Pauline was a dedicated art worker until she started focusing entirely on her painting practice. Her paintings resonate with a deep appreciation for the landscape and the stories that have created it. Pauline often goes on bush trips to Victory Well, which lies between her birthplace of Indulkana and her home of Mimili. She enjoys teaching the stories passed on to her by her ancestors, particularly focusing on the care for rockholes.

Artist statement

One time when I was a little girl, my mother and me went out driving to collect bush tucker. It was a very hot day, and our car broke down. We didn’t have any water with us, and I was scared, but my mother led me away from the car to kapi tjukula really close by. She taught me how to find it, and how to care for it. After emptying the kapi (water) with mara munu punu (hands and sticks) the empty tjukula is cleaned. We place punu tjuta (many sticks and branches) over the top of the tjukula and use puli pulka (big rock) to stop them blowing away. Now no animals can dirty the new water that we’ll soon collect.