Puuni Brown Nungarrayi

Artist Puuni Brown Nungarrayi
Title Kapi Tjukurrpa
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 152 × 183 cm
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Puuni Brown Nungarrayi

Puuni Brown Nungarrayi was born at Karrinyarra in 1979. She grew up in Papunya and spent many hours watching her mother Isobel Gorey paint. Puuni continues to reinvent her mother’s Tjukurrpa with a style distinctly her own. Puuni is an emerging talent at Papunya Tjupi and paints Kapi Tjukurrpa (Water Dreaming) at the site of Wantupunyu, her grandfather and great grandfather’s county, and an important site of regeneration.

Artist statement

This painting tells a Kapi Tjukurrpa (water dreaming) story of Wantupunyu. Wantupunyu is Punni Brown Nungarrayi’s grandfather’s Country and the site is to the north of Papunya and west of the sacred mountain Karinyarra. Punni leant to paint this story from her mother, Isobel Gorey, who is a prolific painter and a director at Papunya Tjupi and Chair of Desart. Water dreaming sites are important for the regeneration of nature and in this painting the central shapes are important water or rock hole sites. The lines represent the elements of a storm – wind, rain, thunderclouds and lightning. The patterns represent rain and water flowing from the waterholes and flooding the usually dry creek beds.