This is a painting of Tjukula Tjuta- many rockholes in country around the communities of Pipalyatjara, Kalka, and Irrunytju along the Northern border of South and Western Australia.
About the Artist
Roma Butler (middle name Nyutjangka), cousin of the much celebrated Musee du Quai Branly artist, Tommy Watson, was born in 1959 at Wilu rock hole, on the kanyala (euro kangaroo) Tjukurpa track. A Pitjantjatjara woman, Roma spent her early years at Ernabella mission in South Australia. Later she went to Warburton in Western Australia, where she attended school. At the age of 12 she moved to Irrunytju, her grandfather’s brother’s country.
Roma’s career as an artist began in the late 1990’s at the outstations of Kintore and Kiwirrkurra where she came under the influence of the dotted, figurative artistic style of Pintupi artists and Pupanya Tula art. At Irunytju several years later, her painting took up a freer style as she, encouraged by senior women such as Kuntjil Cooper, began painting some of the more emotionally intense stories of her tjukurpa that focus on one aspect of a far larger story rather than travels and pathways of the creation ancestors. Hers are stories of indigenous women’s business concerning kinship relationships, birth and survival.