Using the mid-nineteenth century photographic process, Cyanotype, I created a series of triptychs exploring ideas of place, time and light in the Western Desert Community of Papunya in July- August 2012. Each panel is created on archival BFK 300gm paper, sized 1120x760mm.
The first tripych Warumpi 1casts sun shadows of a branch of the Mulga tree, collected whilst walking around Warumpi Hill, the most sacred of the Honey ant, or Tjupi Dreaming, in the Southern Tanami/ Western Desert Region of the Northern Territory, Central Australia. The presence of Warumpi and the associated songlines justified the creation of the first Papunya Settlement, whose artists later became famous as founding creators of the Western Desert dot painting movement in the 1970s. This piece looks back to the ancestoral history of the landscape.
The second tripytch, WIRED casts shadows of found metal debris in and around Papunya, reflecting on the social and environmental impact of new arrivals to remote desert regions in the twentieth century.
Eucalyptus 1 +2and the subsequant work are studies and the final triptych are monoprint responses to Warumpi Hill, and created with kind support of the Papunya Tula Arts Centre.
Heartfelt thanks to Be Ward, Tamara Burlando, Kasumi Ejiri and Simon Taylor for their support in creating this work.