During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of 'yoi' (dances), are performed; some are totemic (inherited from the person's Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative of newly composed songs..Participants in these ceremonies are painted with turtiyanginari (the different natural ochre colours) in varying designs, transforming the dancers and, in some cases, providing protection against recognition by mapurtiti (spirits). These designs can be applied in different ways. Ochre is applied to the body and face. These significant artistic designs collectively are called 'Jilamara'.
|Artist||SUSAN WANJI WANJI|
|Size & Medium||120 x 80 cm Ochre on Linen|
This design depicts the Kulama ceremony of the Tiwi people: the dancers and singers create a circle and prepare the poisonous yam for eating, as indicated by the circles in...
Catalog No 11sww858 Artist SUSAN WANJI WANJI Size & Medium 119x40cm ochre on canvas Category Painting Artist Profile
Pularti means breast. If a womans baby he passed away she paints her breasts in such a way to show her loss. It represents her breast milk. The mother that...