Maruku Arts

Ara Irititja - Walka Board - Niningka Lewis

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  • Ara Irititja - Walka Board - Niningka Lewis
  • Ara Irititja - Walka Board - Niningka Lewis

Maruku Arts

Ara Irititja - Walka Board - Niningka Lewis

$1,485.00

or make 4 interest-free payments of $371.25 AUD fortnightly with Afterpay More info

Ara Irititja by Niningka Lewis 
Acrylic paint on plywood
60 x 90 cm

Walka is Desert design and inextricably linked with Tjukurpa: the Law and way of life of Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people). The symbols were traditionally used in cave, ground and body paintings, in story telling, teaching and signalling inheritance. Meaning of the designs depends on its subject and particular people are responsible for their re-creation and teaching according to the Tjukurpa. Highly experienced craftspeople have grown up making traditional tools and weapons under the instruction of their elders. They now apply this knowledge and express their world through art such as this. 

Both the dot painting and etching techniques, where walka is burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire, have become Centralian traditions, evolving with the adaptation of traditional design for public display and as a depiction of Tjukurpa and landscape.

Niningka Lewis is an artist whose creative innovation is loved by many. Born in 1950's between the mission settlement of Areyonga and Tempe Downs cattle station in the Northern Territory, she grew up in the Ernabella area, making regular family trips throughout her traditional lands. Niningka has a distinctive style and her unusual carvings have been in many exhibitions.  

For over 30 years Maruku has operated as a not-for-profit art and craft corporation, owned and operated by Anangu. Approximately 900 Anangu artists belonging to over 20 remote communities across the Central and Western Deserts, make up the collective that is Maruku. Our purpose is to keep culture strong and alive, through art, craft and organic experiences.
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