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Clarissa Nangala Williams, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
  • Aborginal Art - 30x30cm - Clarissa Nangala Williams, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
  • Aborginal Art - 30x30cm - Clarissa Nangala Williams, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
  • Aborginal Art - 30x30cm - Clarissa Nangala Williams, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
  • Aborginal Art - 30x30cm - Clarissa Nangala Williams, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
Aborginal Art - 30x30cm - Clarissa Nangala Williams, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
Aborginal Art - 30x30cm - Clarissa Nangala Williams, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
Aborginal Art - 30x30cm - Clarissa Nangala Williams, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
Aborginal Art - 30x30cm - Clarissa Nangala Williams, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm

Clarissa Nangala Williams, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm

$159.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Clarissa Nangala Williams
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Aboriginal Art centre- Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 2001/21
  • Materials - Acrylic on pre-stretched canvas
  • Size(cm) - H30 W30 D3.5 
  • Postage variants - This work is posted stretched and ready to hang
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

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.

Clarissa Nangala Williams was born in 1992 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She is the daughter of Bridget Napangardi Williams, an artist with Warlukurlangu Artists, and has one brother Josiah. Clarissa has grown up most of her life in Yuendumu, attending the local school and staying at home with family. She has one son, Roman born in 2009. Although relatively young, Clarissa has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2009. She paints her father’s Jukurrpa stories Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming), Dreamings which relate directly to her land, particularly the site Puyuru, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were passed down to her by her father and his father’s father before them for millennia. She continues to use traditional iconography, while developing a modern individualistic style to depict her traditional Jukurrpa. When she is not painting, she likes to spend time in Nyirripi, a remote community 160 km north-west of Yuendumu, visiting relatives and hunting for goanna with her friends.




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