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Cornelia Tipuamantumirri (Tiwi Islands, NT)

Photo of a smiling Aboriginal woman standing in front of a detailed textural painting

Photo courtesy Munupi Arts

Banners (on stage, Araluen Arts Centre)

Cornelia Tipuamantumirri was born adjacent to the present day barge landing at Pirlangimipi, around 1930. When she was a young woman she would assist young weavers to acquire skill and knowledge in this artform. She would also teach the young ones traditional Tiwi dance.

Cornelia married Steven Tipuamantamirri as a young lady and has one child, a daughter, Dolores. Cornelia also helped raise a young boy from Peppimenarti, Harry Wilson, who was part of the Stolen Generation sent to Pirlangimpi and later married the well-known Pepperminadi artist Regina Wilson.

Cornelia uses the kayimwagakimi for her work, dipping the comb shaped carved ironwood into her ochre palette; shades of pinks and yellows to portray the reflections of her long life lived on the Tiwi Islands. Reflections also, of the sky’s lights on the surface of the Arafura Sea.

For information on buying one of Cornelia’s banners exhibited at Meeting Place or other examples of her work, contact Munupi Arts on munupi@bigpond.com.

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Meeting Place 2018

24 - 26 September

Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870