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Janice Woods & Esmerelda Kulitja / Minyma Kutjara (Two Women) Dreaming (JWEK001)

200cm x 200cm Acrylic on Canvas



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A stunning collaboration by talented cousins Janice Woods and Esmerelda Kulitja

Janice Woods is an exciting emerging artist from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in SA. She is the granddaughter of senior Pitjantjatjara Elder artist Maringka Baker and daughter of respected artist Elaine Woods.

Janice and her sisters, Julie, Venita and Cassey have been fortunate enough to learn both the art of painting and the important dreamtime stories of their country from their grandmother and mother and the family often paint together.

Janice lives in the remote community of Kanpi, located in South Australia, approx. 100km east of the tri state border between WA, NT and SA with her grandmother Maringka, husband and young son.

Esmerelda Kulitja was born in 1989 and is the daughter of artist Rene Kulitja and granddaughter of renowned wood carvers Topsy Tjulyata and Walter Pukutiwara.

Esmerelda grew up in the Mutitjulu Community in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where her family was strongly involved in traditional land management, tourism and the arts. She commenced painting for the Mutitjulu Community art centre, Walkatjara Art, whilst still at school.

Esmerelda now lives on her father’s country at Docker River with her husband and baby.

The artists have each painted their version of Minyma Kutjara (Two Women) Dreaming.

The older sister was travelling with her younger sister back to their homeland. The younger sister was hesitant to go further north as she had been living with another family near the sea to the south. She had been lost for a long time and didn’t know the country her older sister was showing her.

Her sister carried her and tried to comfort her. She was teaching her all about the country they travelled through. Sometimes they stopped to perform sacred singing and dancing. The further they went and the more singing and dancing they performed, the happier the little sister felt. They camped at Punuwara and Irrunytju rockhole before heading further north to Kaltukatjara (Docker River) and they were finally home.

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