Pumpuni Jilamara is an exhibition devoted to this and other artworks by the Indigenous people of Melville and Bathurst Islands, off the north coast of Australia: the Tiwi people.
Tiwi ceremonial life brings together all aspects of Tiwi art - song, dance, body decoration, sculpture and painting. According to James Bennett, 'the expressive power of mature Tiwi art has its source in the dynamic visual tension between concept and decoration where neither becomes subservient to the other.' [James Bennett, Narrative and Decoration in Tiwi Paintings: Tiwi Representations of the Purukuparli Story, Art Bulletin of Victoria No. 33, 1993, pp39-47]
Featured artists include Kutuwalumi Purawarrumpatu (better known as Kitty Kantilla), Taracarijimo Freda Warlapinni and Pedro Wonaeamirri.