Current Location:
L. William Seidman Center -> 1st Floor (WSC)
Location Notes:
WSC; 1st fl., Conference rm. 1077

Aboriginal Art Collection ➔ Ngurlu Tjukurrpa (Native Seed Dreaming)

Artwork
Identifier:
2010.7.10
Artist:
Kirsten Nungarrayi Kitson
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Date:
2009
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 12 in Width: 12 in
Description:
A painting with a dark red background. There is a silver pattern overlayed on it connecting a series of triangles together. Lighter and darker portions of the silver give the image depth.
Historical Context:
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 flour. This flour is mixed with water ('ngapa') to make small seeds cakes. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. In paintings of this Jukurrpa, large concentric circles are used to represent Jaralypari and dots surrounding these circles are often depicting the 'ngurlu'.