Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) Ngarlikurlangu — Dreaming story by Lee Nangala Gallagher
acrylic on canvas
unstretched 107 x 107 cm
A vibrant interpretation of Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming), by Aboriginal artist Lee Nangala Gallagher. This piece tells the story of 'yankirri' travelling to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. In the time of the Jukurrpa there was a fight between a yankirri ancestor and a Wardilyka (Australian bustard) ancestor over sharing the 'yakajirri' (bush raisin).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME STORY
In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the 'Jukurrpa' (Dreaming), associated sites and other elements. Yankirri (emu) are usually represented by their 'wiriya' (footprints), arrow like shapes that show them walking around Ngarlikurlangu eating 'yakajirri' (bush raisin). In this piece, Agnes has adopted a more literal and playful interpretation.
Artist: Lee Nangala Gallagher