Lukarrara Jukurrpa (Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming) — Dreaming story by Alana Nakamarra Gibson
acrylic on canvas
unstretched 107 x 61 cm
A vibrant work depicting Lukarrara Jukurrpa (Dreaming), by Aboriginal artist Alana Nakamarra Gibson. This Jukurrpa belongs to women of the Nakamarra/Napurrurla and to Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men. This Dreaming is associated with a place called Jaralypari. Lukarrara (desert fringe-rush) is a grass with edible seed. The seeds are ground on a large stone to make flour which is subsequently baked to make damper cakes.
ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME STORY
In Warlpiri contemporary paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the 'Jukurrpa' (Dreaming). Large concentric circles often represent the site of Jaralypari and the seed bearing grass. 'U' shapes can depict Karnta (women) collecting lukarrara and straight lines are frequently used to portray seeds that fall to the ground where the women collect them.
Artist: Alana Nakamarra Gibson