Minyma Malilunya by Teresa Baker

Details of Minyma Malilunya

Minyma Malilunya by Teresa Baker
Catalog Number : 839328
Size : 100cm x 120cm
Medium : Acrylic On Linen
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About Minyma Malilunya
This is the country for Malilu. She is a creation being from the Tjukurpa (Dreamtime). Minyma Malilu nyianyi wana ngka munu piti (the woman Malilu is sitting with her digging stick and collecting bowl). She has been dancing, performing Inma important ceremonial dancing for this country and she has left her dancing tracks behind the sand. Malilu was a crippled woman and her two daughters had run off to get married, leaving her to fend for herself. It was very hard for her to collect bush foods and water because she had to drag her legs as she walked. Through much efforts she collected kampurarpa, wiriny-wirinypa, tawalpa munu mai kutjupa-kutjupa (desert raisins, bush tomatoes, berries and many different kinds of wild foods).
Teresa Baker was born in 1977 in Alice Springs hospital. Her mother Kay Baker is a Pitjanjara woman from kanpi and her father a Pitjantjatjara man from Yalata. Teresa spent much of her youth with her grandfather Jimmy Baker, learning about the country and the scared stories associated with it. Today she works full time at Murputja school and is passing on the knowledge she learned to the next generation. She continues her teacher training with annual courses and cares for 5 children still finding the time to paint in school holidays and at nighttime. While her paintings have qualities reminiscent of her late grandfather Jimmy Baker (her teacher and mentor), she has found her own individual way of mark-making and using iconography. Like her grandfather, she utilises the power of negative space, and uses it in her painting.