Across Skin

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.10.05

Japingka Gallery has curated an eclectic collection of major works by some of the best Indigenous women artists from the Western Desert. Featured Artists include: Walangkura Napanangka, Makinti Napanangka, Judy Watson Napangardi, Eunice Napanangka, Lorna Napurrula Fencer, Kim Napurrula West.

Traditional Aboriginal society is very complex. Structured by a number of systems that organize all aspects of life, these systems help give an individual their sense of place in their country and society. The systems vary, but most include kin groups (also called skin name) and moieties. Each individual is placed through birth in a kin group, or given a skin name which initiates their spiritual journey.

Across Skin examines the complex relationships between a particular Skin Group and how it is applied to the specific Dreamings associated with that Skin Group. In a society that did not possess a written language, art became one of the most important mediums for passing on received knowledge to the next generation.

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