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Letoya Nakamarra Curtis, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek, 91x61cm
  • Letoya Nakamarra Curtis, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek, 91x61cm
  • Letoya Nakamarra Curtis, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek, 91x61cm
  • Letoya Nakamarra Curtis, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek, 91x61cm
  • Letoya Nakamarra Curtis, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek, 91x61cm
Letoya Nakamarra Curtis, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek, 91x61cm
Letoya Nakamarra Curtis, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek, 91x61cm
Letoya Nakamarra Curtis, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek, 91x61cm
Letoya Nakamarra Curtis, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek, 91x61cm

Letoya Nakamarra Curtis, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek, 91x61cm

$799.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Letoya Nakamarra Curtis
  • Community - Yuendumu  
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 5037/19
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H91 W61 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

This Yarla Jukurrpa belongs to men of the Japaljarri/Jungarrayi subsections and to Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women. It comes from an area to the east of Yuendumu called Cockatoo Creek. ‘Yarla’ (bush potato [Ipomea costata]) are fibrous tubers that grow beneath a low spreading plant, found by looking for cracks in the ground. This edible tuber grows from ‘yartura’ (roots) which seek out moisture to spout new plants. Yarla are good to eat, when cooked they are really soft and tasty. The Jukurrpa tells of ‘yarla’ and ‘wapirti’ (bush carrot [Vigna lanceolata]) ancestors fighting a big battle in this area. The specific site associated with this painting is a ‘mulju’ (water soakage) called Ngarparapunyu. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. The curved lines of the ‘kuruwarri’ (ceremonial designs) represent the ‘ngamarna’ (vine-like tendrils) from which grow ‘jinjirla’ (flowers). ‘Karlangu’ (digging sticks) are usually represented as strait lines. ‘Karlangu’are used by women to dig for bush tucker like Yarla and Wapirti which are found underground.

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