Tanya Umatji Tjapalyi

Artist Tanya Umatji Tjapalyi
Title Ngayuku Ngunytjunku Tjukurpa (My Mother’s Story)
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 152 × 122 cm
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Tanya Umatji Tjapalyi

Umatji Tjapalyi is a Yankunytjatjara woman born in Indulkana Community on the APY Lands in the far north-west of South Australia. Umatji’s mother, Kunmanara (Kathleen Injiki) Tjapalyi was one of the founders and senior artists at Mimili Maku Arts. Growing up, Umatji learned from her mother and father about their country and their storylines. Today, Umatji paints her mother’s country, which forms part of the Antara storyline, and is celebrated in Women’s Ceremony.

Artist statement

I am proud to share what I was taught when I was a little girl. I am keeping my mother’s knowledge strong, keeping her Country healthy and well. I was watching for a long time, watching Country, watching my mother paint. Now I am ready to tell my own story.