Artist Janie Kulyuru
Title Ngayuku Ngura - My Country
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 197 × 198 cm
Art Centre Tjala Arts →

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Janie Kulyuru

Janie Kulyuru works with Tjala Arts. Her father’s Country is Aparatjara, Western Australia and her mother’s Country is Watarru, South Australia. After attending school in Adelaide, Janie moved to Amata to live with her family there. Before coming to work at Tjala Arts, then known as Minymaku Arts, Janie specialised in batik, working under the umbrella of Tjurma Homelands Arts and Craft Centre, before beginning to paint on canvas. Janie sometimes paints her mother’s Creation story Tjukurpa Waru or fire story. She paints alongside her sister Munu Kulyuru.

Artist statement

In this painting Janie Kulyuru has painted her mother’s father’s Country. Janie’s Tjamu (grandfather) lived out at Watarru. This painting tells the story of Minyima Tjuta (Many Women), capturing their journey as they travel across the landscape looking for bush tucker and digging for water. The long winding lines that move across the canvas represent inma, and the songlines of the ladies as they sing and dance across the landscape.