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  • Bess Napanangka Poulson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)  -  Puyurru, 182x76cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 1
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  • Bess Napanangka Poulson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)  -  Puyurru, 182x76cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 5
  • Bess Napanangka Poulson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)  -  Puyurru, 182x76cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 6
Bess Napanangka Poulson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)  -  Puyurru, 182x76cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 1
Bess Napanangka Poulson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)  -  Puyurru, 182x76cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 2
Bess Napanangka Poulson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)  -  Puyurru, 182x76cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 3
Bess Napanangka Poulson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)  -  Puyurru, 182x76cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 4
Bess Napanangka Poulson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)  -  Puyurru, 182x76cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 5
Bess Napanangka Poulson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)  -  Puyurru, 182x76cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 6

Bess Napanangka Poulson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 182x76cm

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  • Artist - Bess Napanangka Poulson
  • Community - Nyirripi
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 688-16ny
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H76 W182 D2
  • Postage variants - Artwork is posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping.

The site depicted in this painting is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are ‘mulju’ (soakages), or naturally occurring wells. The 'kirda' (owners) for this site are Nangala/Nampijinpa women and Jangala/Jampijinpa men. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. The storm travelled across the country from the east to the west, initially travelling with a ‘pamapardu Jukurrpa’ (termite Dreaming) from Warntungurru to Warlura, a waterhole 8 miles east of Yuendumu. At Warlura, a gecko called Yumariyumari blew the storm on to Lapurrukurra and Wilpiri. Bolts of lightning shot out at Wirnpa (also called Mardinymardinypa) and at Kanaralji. At this point the Dreaming track also includes the ‘kurdukurdu mangkurdu Jukurrpa’ (children of the clouds Dreaming). The water Dreaming built hills at Ngamangama using baby clouds and also stuck long pointy clouds into the ground at Jukajuka, where they can still be seen today as rock formations.

The termite Dreaming eventually continued west to Nyirripi, a community approximately 160 km west of Yuendumu. The water Dreaming then travelled from the south over Mikanji, a watercourse with soakages northwest of Yuendumu. At Mikanji, the storm was picked up by a ‘kirrkarlanji’ (brown falcon [Falco berigora]) and taken farther north. At Puyurru, the falcon dug up a giant ‘warnayarra’ (rainbow serpent). The serpent carried water with it to create another large lake, Jillyiumpa, close to an outstation in this country. The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this story are Jangala men and Nangala women. After stopping at Puyurru, the water Dreaming travelled on through other locations including Yalyarilalku, Mikilyparnta, Katalpi, Lungkardajarra, Jirawarnpa, Kamira, Yurrunjuku, and Jikaya before moving on into Gurindji country to the north.

In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the ‘Jukurrpa’ (Dreaming). Short dashes are often used to represent ‘mangkurdu’ (cumulus & stratocumulus clouds), and longer, flowing lines represent ‘ngawarra’ (flood waters). Small circles are used to depict ‘mulju’ (soakages) and river bed.

Bess Napanangka Poulson was born in 1972 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in Northern Territory of Australia. Bess was born into a family of artists. Her mother is Mary Anne Nampijinpa Michaels and her sister is Portia Napanangka Michaels, both well-known Warlukurlangu artists. Bess attended the local school in Yuendumu. After leaving school she worked for the Yuendumu store and the Mining Store in Yuendumu. Later, she moved to Nyirripi to be closer to her family. In Nyirripi, “I was seeing a lot of people painting and it looked more interesting than sitting around home.” Bess has been painting with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2009. Warlukurlangu Artists provides an outlet for Warlpiri artists to paint their cultural heritage and earn income from their work. This service is extended to Nyirripi artists, on a weekly basis, by delivering canvas and paint to artists and picking up finished artwork in Nyirripi. Portia paints her mother’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which relate directly to her land, its features and the flora and fauna that inhabit it. These stories have been passed down through the generations for millennia. Portia loves using different colours and uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture. When she is not painting she likes to go hunting for bush tucker and for goanna.


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