About this artwork
Grey camo & sheriff white ink on Elephant skin (Grey) Trapper Drill (100% Cotton), with solid grey on the reverse – with insert $85
This design by Lisa Multa depicts the birds eye view of the tali tali (sandhills) at Kungkayunti (Brown’s Bore). This is the country of Joe Tjakamarra Multa, the father of Douglas Multa, Agnes Multa, Lisa Multa, Alison Multa, Rephina Multa, Benita Multa and Patricia Multa and the grandfather to their children. The tali tali are a short walk from where the family lived and the children of Joe grew up.
Lisa remembers walking up the tali tali with her sister, Agnes Multa, who was the same age as her. When Lisa got married she brought her partner to see those tali tali. From the tali tali, a 360-degree view can be seen of the surrounding country. The area is abundant with bush tucker, especially bush tomatoes and bush banana.
Kungkayunti is an important place for the travelling Tjukurrpa of the ancestral Arrernte women who travelled 600 kms from Ntaria (Hermannsburg) to Kintore, past Kulpitarra (Outstation) to attend to women’s business. Kungkayunti is the place where the women first camped. On their long journey, the women stopped at Kunkayunti (Brown’s Bore) to camp, rest, eat and dance. When the women reached their destination, they danced, shared their stories and renewed their law. Those women turned into stone and can be seen today. Annual events continue today to strengthen this Tjukurrpa.
This fabric has been screen printed by hand by Published Textiles and Papers, ensuring the highest quality and longevity.
Fabric care instructions (Trapper Drill): Gentle cold/warm hand wash. Do not bleach, warm rinse well, do not tumble dry, line dry out of direct sunlight, warm iron, Wash dark colours separately.
About Lisa Multa
Skin name: Napurrurla Language: Luritja From: Browns Bore - Kungkayunti Lisa Multa is the younger sister to Traditional Owner and lawman Douglas Multa, acclaimed artist Alison Multa and painter Patricia Multa. Lisa grew up with her family at Kungkayunti (Browns Bore), an outstation 1.5hrs drive, southwest of Haasts Bluff. Lisa was born at Papunya Clinic in 1975, the closest clinic to Kungkayunti at the time. Kungkayunti is the country of Lisa’s father, Joe Tjakamarra Multa and her mother, Magdelena Multa Napaltjarri, is from Haasts Bluff. When Lisa was a baby she lived with her aunt and uncle, Maudie and Phillip Lane, in Haasts Bluff so that her mother could care for her younger sister, Benita. When Benita and herself were a bit older they moved with their parents to Kungkayunti, travelling back and forth to attend primary school at Haasts Bluff. Lisa then attended and boarded at Yirara College in Alice Springs. After her studies there she then returned to Haasts Bluff. Lisa also lived at Kintore for some time, where she raised her three children. After returning to Haasts bluff in 2007, Lisa saw her two older sisters painting at the Ikuntji Arts Centre and began painting herself. Lisa has worked at the local Kanparrka store for many years; she remembers when the store was in the old building. Although the sisters sometimes paint together, Lisa says when she paints she likes to think of her own connection to country, focusing on a birds eye view of the tali tali (sandhills) at Kungkayunti, which she expresses in a variety of colours. Lisa successfully completed a Certificate I in Visual Arts at Batchelor Institute in 2018, where she studied and practiced fabric design, screen printing and visual design. Recently she has also been recognised as a certified translator. In August 2018, Lisa travelled for the first time with Ikuntji Artists to the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. Lisa is very busy in the community, amongst working in the store, doing translating work at Ikuntji Artists and spending time with family, she still finds time to paint when she can.