Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru by Priscilla Nangala Robertson
Unstretched acrylic on canvas
76cm x 76cm
A stunning work, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Dreaming) - Puyurru, by Aboriginal artist Priscilla Nangala Robertson. This beautiful piece depicts the Water Dreaming at Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. It tells the story of two Jangala men, rainmakers, who sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. The storm moves across the country from east to west intersecting with other Dreaming's as it travels. The Water Dreaming built hills at Ngamangama using baby clouds and also stuck long pointy clouds into the ground at Jukajuka, where they can be still seen today as rock formations.
Priscilla's water holes appear to shimmer as if they are filling with water after the great storm. They jostle against each other as though water molecules might as they merge, flow and form a floodingriver.
In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the 'Jukurrpa' (Dreaming). Short dashes are often used to represent 'mangkurdu' (cumulus and stratocumulus clouds), and longer, flowing lines represent 'ngawarra' (flood waters). Small circles are to depict 'mulju' (soakages) and river beds.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Priscilla Nangala Robertson paints for Warlukurlangu, an art centre in the remote community of Yuendumu. Priscilla is known predominantly for her vibrant depictions of the Ngapa Jukurrpa at the site Puyurru. Priscilla has recognisable style of painting that utilises a colour palette to depict energetic colour palette.
ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME STORY
Ngapa Jukurrpa - Puyurru
The Artist: Priscilla Nangala Robertson
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