Collection: Rosemary Porter Nampitjinpa

LANGUAGE: Pitjantjatjara & Ngaanyatjara
REGION: Tjukurla, W.A

Rosemary Porter Nampitjinpa was born in Adelaide in 1982, She is from a far outback community called Tjukrla just over the South Australian border nestled alongside a vast salt lake on the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Rosemary's heritage spans both the Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjara language groups.
​A recurring theme in Rosemary's art is the Tjilkamata Tjukurrpa (Echidna Dreaming) story passed down to her by her grandmother, alongside Minyma Tjukurrpa (Women's Dreaming). Using the traditional dot and line work of the Western Desert style, Rosemary depicts aspects of women’s ceremony, including both iconography of women’s body paint designs, and the topographic view of the ceremony taking place within the landscape. Horizontal and vertical stripes represent the lines of women’s body paint designs, and the rounded forms representing the echidna or ‘porcupine’.