Anamaruku Tjuta (Many Caterpillars)

Maringka Burton (b.1948)
Maringka’s country is in the far western region of the APY Lands, close to the West Australian border. The dreaming story of the caterpillar is special to that area and Maringka often paints themes of this story into her canvas.

The small green and white caterpillars burrow tunnels and holes into the earth which leaves behind patterns on the surface of the desert sands. This intricate repetition of detailed twists and curls in the red dirt is portrayed in Maringka’s paintings.

Iwantja Arts is practising artist studio located within the remote indigenous community of Indulkana, on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. This Aboriginal corporation is managed by a self elected board of directors. The art centre aims to encourage and support artistic excellence and cultural development within the community, and provides
opportunity, training, and career development for practising artists.

Object detail

acrylic on canvas
122.0 x 152.5 cm
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Purchased from Iwanja Arts, 2018
Object Type
Named Collection
Medical History Museum Category


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