The late Paddy Tjungarrayi Carroll (c. 1927- 2002) was a Warlpiri man from Yarrungkanyi, north-west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. In the mid 1970s, paddy was passing through Papunya where he observed some of the elder men painting their dreaming on canvas, and began to paint himself.
He soon after gained the reputation of being amongst the foremost of the Western Desert artists and painted for many major exhibitions in Australia.
This etching depicts a ‘Muliera’ men’s ceremony at Kurrinyarra, or Central Mt Wedge. Muliera is a teaching ceremony which forms part of the initiation of young males. In this case the initiates are taught the significance and importance of the Mukaki (bush plum) and its role in the desert people’s delicately balanced food chain. The dots depict the fruit of the bush plum found along the course of a riverbed. The dotting effect also represents ‘Wamulu’ a pulp created from a small herbacious plant that is coloured with various ochres, and also plastered over the bodies of the participants.
© The Estate of the Artist & Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.