Current Location:
Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons -> 3rd Floor (LIB)
Location Notes:
LIB; 3rd fl., between Padnos and Sarosik Reading rm. 310 and Elevator

Aboriginal Art Collection ➔ Ngurlu Tjukurrpa (Native Seed Dreaming)

Teresa Napurrurla Wilson
GVSU Collection
Acrylic on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 24 in Width: 12 in
An abstract piece using a beaded patter. The paint is applied in dots to give off a beaded texture. The piece has four sections divided by a red x in the center. The top and bottom are purple and the left and right are yellow, there are white dots throughout.
Historical Context:
The custodians of the Ngurly Jukurrpa (Native seed dreaming) are Nakamarra and Napurrurla women and the Jukurrpa is associated with a place called Jaralypari, north of Yuendumu. Lukarrara is a species of Fimbristylis, a grass that bears edible seeds in the wintertime. The seeds are traditionally ground on a large stone (Puturlu) with a smaller stone (Ngalikirri) to make a flour. This flour is mixed with water (Ngapa) to make damper. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements, and in paintings of this Jukurrpa, large concentric circles are used to represent Jaralypari and also the Ngurlu. 'U' shapes are used to represent Karnta (women).