synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
23 x 30 cm
Provenance Papunya Tjupi Arts, NT Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
Exhibited Songlines Coo-ee Christmas 2012, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW Sydney December 2012 Story The Yarla Jukurrpa (bush potato [Ipomea costata] Dreaming) tells the story of a fight between â€˜yarla' from Yumurrpa and â€˜wapirti' (bush carrot [Vigna lanceolata]) from Wapurtali. The â€˜yarla' were Jakamarra/Jupurrurla skins and they were in conflict over Napaljarri/Napanangka women, who have the right skin for marriage. The fight took place at â€˜Ngardirpi. Many men died, their bodies are now sand hills and their blood formed a water soak. â€˜Yarla' are fibrous tubers that grow beneath a low spreading plant, found by looking for cracks in the ground. Yarla are good to eat, when cooked they are really soft and tasty. This Dreaming belongs to Jupurrurla/Jakamarra men and Napurrula/Nakamarra women. Nakamarra and Napurrula â€˜karnta' (women) are shown sitting down at Yumurrpa gathering â€˜yarla' with â€˜karlangu' (digging sticks) and placing them in â€˜parraja' (wooden carrying dishes). In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. In paintings of this Jukurrpa women are usually depicted by â€˜U' shapes while the â€˜yarla' plants are represented by concentric circles. The â€˜watarlapi' (the lateral â€˜yarla' roots) are shown across the painting, to symbolize the way this Jukurrpa is spread through Warlpiri country. Purchase Details This work, as part of Coo-ee's Christmas show, Songlines: Coo-ee Christmas is available for sale from 3pm the 24th November at the exhibition opening and not before. So first in, best dressed! If you are unable to make the exhibition opening, simply register your interest via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 9300 9200. Please send through a 'wish list' of works in preference order and specify how many works in total you want. We will endeavour to get you the works of your choosing but are unable to guarantee this. This exhibition is designed to be a bit of fun for Christmas so I hope you enjoy it. The works will sell out quickly so be sure to get in first.