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

Aboriginal Art Collection ➔ Watiya-warnu Tjukurrpa (Seed Dreaming)

Katrina Nampijinpa Brown
GVSU Collection
Acrylic on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 12 in Width: 12 in
Piece exhibits a beaded texture. The paint is applied in dots to give a texture. The shapes are concentric rings extending from each corner towards the center, in the center there is a diamond shape with ochre, brown, and teal. The rings from the corners are white, red, and blue.
Historical Context:
This painting tells the story of a Jangala 'watiya-warnu' (Acacia tenuissima) ancestor who traveled south from a small hill called Ngulupurranyangu to Yamunturrngu (Mount Liebig). As he traveled he picked the 'watiya-warnu' seeds and placed them in 'parrajas' (food carriers), one of which he carried on his head. Watiya-warnu is a seed-bearing tree that grows in open spinifex or mulga country. When people returned to their camp after collecting the seeds, they would make large windbreaks for shelter and winnow the seeds in the late afternoon. Immature 'watiya-warnu' seed is ground into a paste and can be used to treat upset stomachs. The associated 'watiya-warnu' ceremony involves the preparation of a large ground painting. This Jukurrpa belongs to Nampikinpa/Nangala women and Jampikinpa/Jangala men. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements.