Tjukapati James 2021

Tjukapati’s vibrant paintings are full of history and culture. She draws important inspiration from the striking ranges of her father’s country around Kaltukatjara, having grown up scrambling over boulders, sitting under trees and swimming in the rock holes there.
Tjukapati reimagines one of the most significant Western Desert Tjukurpa stories, Kungka Kutjara, meaning Two Women. It tells the story of two sisters travelling through the desert. As they travelled, their actions created landmarks such as rock holes and mountain ranges, forging a record of their travels across the land. Tjukapati often paints the women carrying coolamon for carrying water, and a wana (digging stick) for hunting.