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Lake Disappointment and more art by Judith Anya Samson

Lake Disappointment, 2020
151 x 151 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
AUD 6 650
Acrylic on canvas
sold
[MART20-1191]

'That's Kumpupirntily - Lake Disappointment. The Cannibals live underneath the lake there, its a salt lake. [gesturing to the u-shaped symbols in the painting] That's all the ladies sitting around the lake, sitting around the claypans in the lake. That's our Country, mine and Yunkurra's Country."

This painting depicts Lake Disappointment near Puntawarri. Dunes and green grasses surround the large salt lake. Kumpupirntily is one of the most sacred and dangerous sites in the far Western Desert. This is where the Ngayurnangalku (cannibal beings of the Dreamtime) live beneath the lake, surfacing only to feed on human flesh.

In Pujiman (traditional, desert dwelling) times, the artist's family lived nomadically on these lands, moving from water source to water source hunting and gathering bush tucker as they went. They would traverse very large distances, visiting some areas in the dry and some in the wet season depending on the availability of water. As they travelled and hunted they would also burn areas of the country, creating a larger diversity of plant and animal life.



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other works by Judith Anya Samson

Tuwa in Puntawarri, 2021
76 x 46 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
Acrylics on canvas

Rabbit Proof Fence, 2021
91 x 61 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
Acrylics on canvas

Tuwa in Puntawarri, 2021
91 x 61 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
Acrylics on canvas

Puntawarri, 2020
122 x 91 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
Acrylics on canvas

Tuwa in Puntawarri, 2021
152 x 106 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
Acrylics on canvas

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