• Tiger Yaltangki, Malpa Wiru (Good Friends), 2018, acrylic on linen, 48 × 59 1⁄2".

    Tiger Yaltangki

    Alcaston Gallery

    In the western and central deserts of Australia, singing and painting are profoundly linked practices. Writings on Papunya Tula artists such as Yukultji Napangati, to cite a prominent example, often describe them as singing their paintings into being: Sitting around canvases stretched on the floor, each simultaneously sings and paints stories of her country, its topographies, and Dreamings (creation myths). As such, it is not an uncommon museological practice in Australia to exhibit paintings by desert artists alongside vocal recordings. This custom suggests that observing a painting in isolation

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