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Shorty Robertson Jangala

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - 2014

natural earth pigments on Belgian linen
91.0 x 91.0 cm
EST. $3,500 - $4,500

MP #191


Provenance

Warlukurlangu Art Centre, NT, Cat No. 1417/14
Fireworks Gallery Brisbane, Qld, Cat No. FW14622
Private Collection, Qld

The site depicted in this paintings is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are water soakages or naturally occurring wells. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. It travelled across the country, with the lightning striking the land. This storm met up with another storm from Wapurtali, to the west. It was picked up by ekirrkarlani the brown falcon and carried further west until it dropped the storm at Purlungyanu, where it created a giant soakage. At Puyurru the bird dug up a giant snake, ‘warnayarra’ (rainbow serpent) and the snake carried water to create the large lake, Jillyiumpa, close to an outstation in this country. This story belongs to Jangala men and Nangala women. In contemporary Warlpiri paintingss traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. In many paintingss of this Jukurrpa curved and straight lines represent the ‘ngawarra’ (flood waters) running through the landscape. Motifs frequently used to depict this story include small circles representing ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and short bars depicting ‘mangkurdu’ (cumulus & stratocumulus clouds)