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  • Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
  • Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
  • Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
  • Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
  • Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
  • Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm
Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm

Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 203x152cm

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  • Artist - Sabrina Nangala Robertson
  • Community - Yuendumu  
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 4359/18 
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H152 W203 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hand as wished

The site depicted in this painting is Pirlinyarnu (Mt. Farewell), about 165 km west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. The ‘kirda’ (owners) for the water Dreaming site at Pirlinyarnu are Nangala/Nampijinpa women and Jangala/Jampijinpa men.

Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm that collided with another storm from Wapurtali at Mirawarri. A ‘kirrkarlanji’ (brown falcon [Falco berigora]) carried the storm further west from Mirawarri. The two storms travelled across the country from Karlipirnpa, a ceremonial site for the water Dreaming near Kintore that is owned by members of the Napaljarri/Japaljarri and Napanangka/Japanangka subsections. Along the way the storms passed through Juntiparnta, a site that is owned by Jampijinpa men. The storm eventually became too heavy for the falcon. It dropped the water at Pirlinyarnu, where it formed an enormous ‘maluri’ (claypan). A ‘mulju’ (soakage) exists in this place today. Whenever it rains today, hundreds of ‘ngapangarlpa’ (bush ducks) still flock to Pirlinyarnu.

In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the ‘Jukurrpa’ (Dreaming), associated sites, and other elements. In many paintings of this 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 beds.

Sabrina Nangala Robertson was born in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is the daughter of the acclaimed Aboriginal artist Dorothy Napangadi. Sabrina grew up in Yuendumu and went to the local school. She now alternates between living in Yuendumu and Alice Springs. She has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre in Yuendumu, since 2005. She paints her father’s Jukurrpa or Dreaming, stories passed down to her by her father and her father’s father before her for millennia. These stories relate to her traditional land, Pirlinyarnu (Mt Farewell), its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. Sabrina has exhibited in Australia and in France.