Linda Puna was born in Mimili Community on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. She grew up listening and watching the women in her family carve punu (wooden sculptures), inheriting both an appreciation and penchant for storytelling, as well as an artistic aptitude.
Linda began painting in 2006. Her work is both abstract and figurative – in a minimal yet joyous palette, she paints the country that surrounds Mimili, combining ancient cultural motifs with signs of modernity. There are Toyotas, windmills, rock-holes, witchetty grubs and bush footy. The recurrence of punu acts as an homage to her upbringing, a symbol of the importance of story and family.
Linda was the first Anangu person to be permitted back to the APY Lands in a motorised wheelchair. In 2018, she collaborated on an exhibition with her mother, Puna Yanima, at Linden New Art in partnership with Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria. At once personal, cultural and confident, Linda’s work charts what it’s like to live in remote community today; she reflects:
“I want people to see what Mimili is like today. When I’m an old woman I can teach this kutjupa (new) way of painting to the young ones.”
For collectors of Aboriginal art and screenprints, ‘Untitled’ is a bold beauty by a vivacious and talented artist. It will bring a smile to any eye.
Linda PUNA (1957 - )
screenprint on paper
Image Size: 84 x 59 cm
Dimensions: 100 x 70 cm
Signed: Editioned and signed in bottom margin.
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
© Linda Puna / Copyright Agency 2021
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