Songlines - NAIDOC 2016

A Collection of Fine Indigenous Art


Songlines - NAIDOC 2016

A Collection of Fine Indigenous Art


LISA UHL (dec)

Turtujarti (Walnut Trees)
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Atelier Acrylic Paint on 14oz Canvas
Turtujarti (Walnut Trees) | 259/15
Atelier Acrylic Paint on 14oz Canva…
152.5 x 152.5cm | 60 x 60in
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These walnut trees trees are white and they grow out in the desert, also known as Turtujarti. The trees can be found in the desert in Lisa’s mother’s country, and they are a prominent flora at the Kurtal waterhole. Turtujarti trees are valuable for their walnuts, which can be eaten when cooked, and also used for a black dye or paint.

The layering of Lisa’s colours creates an atmospheric rhythm within her works, which speaks of the humidity and expanse of the Kimberley.

Amazingly, Lisa has never seen these trees, yet she depicts them through the stories and knowledge that has been passed on to her by her aunt, Mrs. Snell, who raised her from an infant. Whilst speaking to Lisa, Mrs. Snell recalls that these trees are good for shade and you can collect honey from them. In her country of Kaningarra, they could sleep under these trees for a long time.

These walnut trees trees are white and they grow out in the desert, also known as Turtujarti. The trees can be found in the desert in Lisa’s mother’s country, and they are a prominent flora at the Kurtal waterhole. Turtujarti trees are valuable for their walnuts, which can be eaten when cooked, and also used for a black dye or paint.

The layering of Lisa’s colours creates an atmospheric rhythm within her works, which speaks of the humidity and expanse of the Kimberley.

Amazingly,...