Modern Times presents Ayamalke/Jinta-kari (Many Different Ways) a group exhibition by three of the most prominent painters working out of Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre in Ali Curung, Northern Territory, opening June 22. Marcus ‘Double O’ Camphoo Kemarre, Warrick Miller Japangardi and Sonya Murphy Napaljarri are showing new works on canvas, as well as large-scale works on board.
Ayamalke is a Kaytetye word meaning ‘many’ or ‘abundant’. Jinta-kari means ‘different one’ or ‘different way’ in Warlpiri. Conjured in the Arlpwe ladies’ painting room, this bilingual notion of many different ways is pertinent to the artists and their home, Ali Curung, a melting pot where four language groups share their home on Kaytetye Country.
The three distinct styles offer a glimpse into the multitudes of life in Ali Curung. Miller’s bold designs are inherited from his family, guardians of the rain dreaming, and are still used in Warlpiri ceremonies. Murphy’s rhythmic brush strokes reflect the landscape while reviving memories of time spent on Country with family, searching for native medicine and bush tucker while being told stories by her elders. Camphoo’s minimalist grids reflect the artist’s own otherworldly aura.
Like allusive portals, they are expressions of a life lived seldom-straying far from Kaytetye Country. Spread across the spectrum of what might be thought of as ‘traditional’ desert painting, these works offer an insight into the diversity of lifestyles, approaches and ways of thinking of contemporary central Australian artists.
Please note, if the work you are interested in is not appearing below after 7pm Sunday 18 June, it has sold. Come into the gallery to view the entire exhibition!
On the Journal: Meet the Artists of Ayamalke/Jinta-kari