Turtujarti (Bush Walnut trees)
“These trees are white. They are walnut trees that grow out in the desert, we call them Turtujarti.”
The layering of Lisa's colours creates an atmospheric rhythm within her works, which speaks of the humidity and expanse of the Kimberley. Amazingly, Lisa has never seen these trees though she depicts them through the stories and knowledge that has been passed on to her by her aunty, Jukuja Dolly Snell, who raised her from an infant. Whilst speaking to Lisa, Dolly recants, “these trees are good for shade and you can collect honey from them.” In her country of Kaningarra they slept under these trees for a long time.
Courtesy of Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency