Synthetic Polymer on Linen
183 x 61 cm
The main motif of this painting depicts the Wakirlpirri (Dogwood - Acacia coriacea) tree. Wakirlpirri is a very useful tree that grows on the sides of creek beds and near Mulga trees. The seeds can be eaten raw or they can be cooked on the fire and a deliciously sweet drink called Yinjirrpi is made from the seeds when they have been dried. The wood can be used to make Karli (boomerangs), other weapons and dancing boards for ceremony and is good wood for burning on the fire - rain cannot extinguish burning Wakirlpirri wood. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. The Jukurrpa travels from Jarrarda-Jarrayi through to Puturlu (Mount Theo) west of Yuendumu. This Jukurrpa belongs to Japanangka and Japangardi men, and Napanangka and Napangardi women.