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Current Location:
Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons -> 4th Floor (LIB)
Location Notes:
LIB; 4th Fl; Rm. 450 Staff Collaboration.

Aboriginal Art Collection ➔ Ngurlu Tjukurrpa (Native Seed Dreaming)

Artwork
Identifier:
2010.7.18
Artist:
Kirsten Nungarrayi Kitson
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Date:
2009
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 24 in Width: 24 in
Description:
Blue background with various white dots on the piece. Large white purple section near the upper right corner.
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 seed 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'.