Wintjiya Napaltjarri

site at watanuma, near kintore, 2002


This painting by Central Desert artist Wintiya Napaltjarri depicts the claypan of Watanuma, north west of the Kintore community. A group of women, represented by U shapes, camped at this site before traveling to the rockhole site of Malparingya and continuing east to Pinari. The roundels in the painting represent the rockholes. While at Watanuma, the women gathered the seeds known as mungilypa from the small fleshy desert plant know as samphire. These seeds are ground into a paste which is cooked in the coals to form a type of unleavened bread. They are depicted in this work by the small circles.