Artist Elizabeth Dunn
Title Piltati – Elizabeth Dunn’s Story
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 100 × 150 cm
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Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn was born in Pukatja (Ernabella) in 1973. She spent her childhood watching her elders paint and now depicts her grandmother’s country, Piltati near Nyapari, on canvas and ceramics. Her works also tell stories relating to kampurara (bush tomatoes) and Piltati. She is also a talented tjanpi weaver and jeweller. Elizabeth has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions nationally and overseas, and her work is held in many collections.

Artist statement

Piltati is Elizabeth Dunn’s great-grandfather’s Country and her dreaming story. It is the story of two brothers who turn themselves into Wanampi (rainbow serpents) and travel into the land towards a rockhole. Eventually their wives set out to find their husbands. One day, they come across a hole in the ground. They start digging. Digging, digging, digging, they follow the tunnel inside the ground. They are so frantically digging they accidently hit one of the Wanampi in the back. The Wanampi chase the ladies and eat one of them, one woman gets away. That waterhole is called Piltati and the Wanampi still live there today and provide rain for the bush tucker to grow.