Emrhan Tjapanangka SultanWestern Arrarnta, Luritja and Kokatha
I am a Western Arrarnta, Luritja and Kokatha man, a creative artist, cultural consultant and owner of Mukulri Creative. My art journey is a practice inspired by country, family connections, and experiences taught to me by family members as a young boy.
I am a Western Arrarnta, Luritja and Kokatha man, creative artist, cultural consultant, and owner of Mukulri Creative.
My art journey is a practice inspired by country, family connections, and experiences taught to me by family members as a young boy. This is a cultural practice that remains strong. Culture and knowledge are important to me. I share with and educate both non-Aboriginal people and Aboriginal people from other parts of the country.
I help to address cultural appropriations within Aboriginal Cultural Intellectual Property by educating others on the importance of respecting one’s cultural connections through symbols and iconographies. I also work with businesses to develop cultural understanding by developing a statement of commitment or intent and cultural strengthening plans.
My paintings are what connects me, my country and culture through traditional stories passed down from my family, particularly my mum and grandmother who I got to watch paint as a young child. They are the source of my inspiration and painting my stories connect me to my country throughout the Western Desert region.
I work with acrylic paints and have completed works on canvas, small scale wall petitions and murals. I find that painting my traditional stories helps to connect me to my culture as I am currently living off country, and it has been a great therapy resource that keeps me busy.
I have strong connections to my culture and a lot of my inspiration comes from my family and community leaders.