Candy Nakamarra

Tingari Cycle #278

Acrylic on canvas
122 x 62.5 cm
(48 x 24.6 in)

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This painting by Candy Nakamarra with its fine lines and beautiful geometric patterns, depicts the traditional Tingari Cycle. A collection of religious stories, ceremonies and laws that were transmitted to the inhabitants of the Western Desert by the Tingari. This was a group of mythical, spiritual ancestors that according to legend travelled a huge area of the Western Desert, shaping the landscape and various holy places.

Through abstract and linear patterns Candy depicts the major secret and sacred places of the Tingari, including caves and sand hills, but also mythological events which are attributed to the Tingari. The strength of the Tingari is clearly visible in this work. The beautiful, fine lines and use of strong color within a limited palette not only provide the work with a convincing impact but also give it an aura of spiritual strength. The dense, fine lines are reminiscent of the work of George Tjungurrayi, who also often creates this effect of a kind of optical illusion, giving the work an exceptional liveliness and dynamic.

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