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Art Gallery Support Facility -> AGS Office
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AGS Office: Next to Kitchen sink

Aboriginal Art Collection ➔ Ngapa Tjukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puturru

Shanna Napanangka Brown Williams
GVSU Collection
Acrylic on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 18 in Width: 12 in
An abstract piece using a beaded pattern. The paint is applied in dots to give a beaded texture. The image is four rows of seven squares. The rows are divided into two sections, the ones on the left are orange and yellow interchangeably, the ones on the right are purple and off-blue interchangeably.
Historical Context:
The site depicted in this painting is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu in Australia. In the usually dry creek beds are "water soakages", more commonly referred to as nautrally occurring wells. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang for rain, unleashing a giant storm. It traveled across the country with the lightning, striking the land. This storm met up with another storm from Wapurali, of the west, which was picked up by a 'kirrkarlan' (brown falcon [Falco berigora]), and was carried further west until it dropped the storm at Purlungyanu, where it created one of these giant water soakages. At Puyurru, the bird dug up a giant snake, 'warnayarra' (rainbow serpent), and the snake carried water to create the large lake, Jillyiumpa, which lies close to an outstation in this country. This story belongs to Jangala men and Nangala women. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. In many paintings of this, Jukurrpa curved and straight lines represent the 'ngawarra' (flood water) running through the landscape. Motifs frequently used to depict this story include small circles representing 'mulju' (water soakages) and short bars depicting 'mangkurdu' (cumulus and stratocumulus clouds).