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  • Aboriginal Art - Carol Young, Malara, 122x91cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Carol Young, Malara, 122x91cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Carol Young, Malara, 122x91cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Carol Young, Malara, 122x91cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Carol Young, Malara, 122x91cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Carol Young, Malara, 122x91cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Carol Young, Malara, 122x91cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Carol Young, Malara, 122x91cm - Art Ark

Carol Young, Malara, 122x91cm

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  • Aboriginal Artist - Carol Young
  • Community - Pipalyatjara
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Ninuku Arts
  • Catalogue number - 19/26
  • Materials - Acrylic on canvas  
  • Size(cm) - H91 W122 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

This is a creation story about an ancestral figure known as Wati Wanampi (male water snake), who lived at a waterhole site known at Malara. The Wanampi gathered a group of men together to go out hunting for kuka (meat). While they were out looking for meat, another group of male water snakes known as the Wal Mala (an army of soldier snakes who came from a place called Mutitjulu) recruited them into their army. The group joined forces and travelled to a site known as Kuntjanu, where they engaged in a battle with Wati Tjakura (an edible skink lizard). They speared Wati Tjakura and killed him. The group then returned to Malara, where they rest today at the waterhole.

Carol Young was born in Alice Springs in 1972 and grew up in Amata and Pipalyatjara in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara Lands in northwestern South Australia. Carol is the daughter of local cultural leader and camel hearder Stanley Young and the granddaughter of the late Nyankula Watson, an important Western Desert painter whose stories about the country in this area she now tells.

Ninuku Arts is a wholly-Indigenous owned and governed Art Centre which supports artists from two communities - Pipalyatjara and Kalka. Each have populations of around 100-150 Anangu and the majority are Pitjantjatjara speakers – Anangu simply means ‘people’ in Pitjantjatjara. Both communities are located in the far north-western corner of South Australia, near the tri-state border of South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory. The two communities, fourteen kilometres apart, are surrounded by the rolling, rocky hills of the Tomkinson Ranges and are part of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Both Kalka and Pipalyatjara are peaceful places. This is a result of strong governance, cultural engagement and pride among local Anangu. 

The Art Centre itself is located in Kalka and is housed in a mud-brick building (the only one in the Lands), which was built as an office in the early 1980’s by Anangu and white staff, and has since been extended to accommodate the growing number of artists keen to paint. A silver bullet caravan (formerly a mobile health unit) is also located on site, and has become a place for some artists to paint, mostly during the winter months while the morning sun warms the deck. Despite being the most remote art centre on the APY Lands, having limited working space and access to services, Ninuku Arts has continued to grow in success with each year. The artist’s commitment to both the art centre and painting is unflappable. The art centre prides itself on its inclusivity (providing opportunities for all generations) and embracing individuality in artists.