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Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm
  • Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm
  • Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm
  • Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm
  • Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm
  • Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm
Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm
Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm
Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm
Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm
Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm

Julie Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 183x122cm

$7,169.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Julie Nangala Robertson
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 719/20
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H122 W183 D2
  • Postage variants - Artwork is posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • 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.

Julie Nangala Robertson is one of five daughters born in Yuendumu in 1973 to well-known Telstra Award winning artist, Dorothy Napangardi (Dec 2013). Since the late 1990's, while often in the company of her talented mother, Julie has pursued and developed a creative visual language of her own, one which consists of a fascinating blend of stylised experimentation and ancient narrative.

Usually an aerial perspective along with a more recently and established distinctive monochromatic pallette, Julie's current paintings (which depict the topographical features of her traditional country at the site of Pirlinyanu) have become works of extraordinary optical brilliance as she alternates the size of dots throughout her work as well as building up specific shapes or reference points often repeated with overdotting.

Julie has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2007. She paints her mother’s Jukurrpa stories, stories that have been passed down to her by her mother and all the mothers before them for millennia. Her work has been included in numerous collections and exhibitions of Aboriginal Art in both Australia and overseas.




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