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My Grandmother's Way

Sharon Porter


  • Year


  • Medium

    Acrylic on canvas

  • Size

    122 x 91cm

"I'm painting my grandmother's country, her way. Katjarra style." The site depicted in My Grandmother's Way forms part of Sharon's ngurra (home Country, camp) through her grandmother, Katjarra Butler, located east of Kiwirrkurra on Pintupi country. The Western Desert term ngurra is hugely versatile in application. Broadly denoting birthplace and belonging, ngurra can refer to a body of water, a camp site, a large area of Country, or even a modern house. People identify with their ngurra in terms of specific rights and responsibilities, and the possession of intimate knowledge of the physical and cultural properties of one’s Country. This knowledge is traditionally passed intergenerationally through family connections. Country for Martu is full of memory; not just the memory of their own movement through it, but also of their family. As summarised by Ngalangka Nola Taylor, “painting the ngurra, they do it to remember their connections.” Painting ngurra, and in so doing sharing the Jukurrpa (Dreaming) stories and physical characteristics of that place, has today become an important means of cultural maintenance. Physical maintenance of one’s ngurra, like cultural maintenance, ensures a site’s wellbeing, and is a responsibility of the people belonging to that area.

Exhibition Artist Sharon Porter

  • Born

    1976, Alice Springs (Mparntwe)

  • Lives & Works


"I like to paint my grandmother’s Country around Kiwirrkurra. I was painting for a long time in Tjukurla. I like to paint with all the ladies, sitting around painting all together.”

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