2017 – Tarpa Dance

This piece was created in February 2017 by the Women’s Creative Group – and features a busy scene of village life.

They described the inspiration as:

In our painting, we are depicting social life which includes human beings and animals doing day to day activities. Here is a scene from daily life – a typical wedding scene in the village. One of the central aspects is the “Tarpa dance”- Tarpa, a trumpet like instrument, is played in turns by different men. People entwine their hands and move in a circle around the Tarpa player. The formation of the dancers is said to be a resemblance of the circle of life. A very basic graphic vocabulary is used; a circle, triangle and square and are derived from the observation of nature, the circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees and square indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land. The depiction signifies the harmony and balance of the universe, man’s harmony with each other and with nature.

You can find out more about the Women’s Creative Group HERE.



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