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  • Aboriginal Art - Anmanari Nolan, Mulpu - Bush Mushroom, 40x40cm - Art Ark
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  • Aboriginal Art - Anmanari Nolan, Mulpu - Bush Mushroom, 40x40cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Anmanari Nolan, Mulpu - Bush Mushroom, 40x40cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Anmanari Nolan, Mulpu - Bush Mushroom, 40x40cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Anmanari Nolan, Mulpu - Bush Mushroom, 40x40cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Anmanari Nolan, Mulpu - Bush Mushroom, 40x40cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Anmanari Nolan, Mulpu - Bush Mushroom, 40x40cm - Art Ark

Anmanari Nolan, Mulpu - Bush Mushroom, 40x40cm

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  • Artist - Anmanari  Nolan
  • Community - Haasts Bluff
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 14/ANM112
  • Materials - Acrylic on canvas
  • Size(cm) - H40 W40 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

This work shows the artist's personal Tjukurrpa, the Mulpu (native mushroom), as it was handed to her by her mother. The Mulpu grows after the seasonal rains along the creek and river banks Kungkayunti. The paintings tell how to find them and how to cook them in an earth stove with a lot of sand. Mulpu represents good times out in the desert, and a time forcelebrationn as the landscape comes alive with bush tucker of all sorts. "After the rain comes the bush mushroom sprouting from the ground, we pick them and they are delicious to eat." Anmanari came to have the Mulpu as her personal law because her mother was eating the mulpu on the night that Anmanari was born, causing a quickening of the pregnancy. In her paintings, the artist likes to also depict women digging for the mushrooms with their tradional tools, their coolamons and nulla nullas. Anmanari's daughters Nola, Colleen and Daphne Kantawarra refer to the mulpu Tjukurrpa as well in their paintings.

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A lot of stories are still being recounted of long journeys of people from various language groups, who travelled from rockholes and waterholes to caves and mountains finally arriving at Haasts Bluff. The locals, Luritja people of Haasts Bluff, were already here. Thus Haasts Bluff is a community rich of diversity in language and culture.

Ikuntji Artists was first established in 1992, after a series of workshops with Melbourne artist Marina Strocchi, and under the influence of the then community president, the late Esther Jugadai. The art centre was initially set up to fulfil the role of women’s centre providing services such as catering for old people and children in the community. After first experiences made in printing T-shirts, the artists began producing acrylic paintings on linen and handmade paper, which quickly gained the attention of the Australian and international art world as well as earning the centre an impressive reputation for fine art. The focus changed from a women’s centre to an art centre in 2005 with the incorporation of the art centre as Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation.

The artists draw their inspiration from their personal ngurra (country) and Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). They interpret the ancestral stories by using traditional symbols, icons and motifs. The artistic repertoire of Ikuntji Artists is diverse and includes for example: naive as well as highly abstract paintings told by each artist in their personal signature style. Throughout the 21 years of its existence the art movement in Ikuntji has flourished and constantly left its mark in the fine art world. At the same time the art centre has been the cultural hub of the community, maintaining, reinforcing and reinvigorating cultural practices through art-making.

Today Ikuntji Artists has eight key artists, who exhibit in Australia and internationally. They are represented in major collections across the globe.

Text: Melanie Greiner, Alison Multa and Dr Chrischona Schmidt