'Watiya Juta' | Mitjili Napurrula
A solo exhibition showcasing Aboriginal artworks that portray stories relating to the ancient ritual of the spear straightening ceremony will open at Mitchell Fine Art on April 4th, 2018.
Mitjili Napurrula, a Pintupi artist from Central Australia paints ‘Watiya Juta’ (the Desert Acacia) a source material for Aboriginal spear making and the central motif in her father’s dreaming - the story of the spear straightening ceremony.
Under the tutelage of her mother Napurrula began painting the female side to her father’s dreaming in 1993. Her works ‘Watiya Juta’ portray the topography of her father’s country, Uwalki, and the recurring tree motif, Watiya.
Napurrula’s works are part of numerous international and national collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
The exhibition will be on display at Mitchell Fine Art from 4th – 28th April 2018. On Saturday 7th April at 2pm a floor talk on the life and artistic practice of Mitjili Napurrula will be held in the gallery. All events are free.