Pirlinyanu, 2010 (Limited Edition Etching)
Catalogue No: PRINT-JR-02
Limited Edition: 20
Medium: Etching and aquatint
Image Size: 50 x 76 cm
Paper size: 74 x 99 cm
Studio: Northern Editions, Darwin NT
Using an aerial perspective along with a more recently established and distinctive monochromatic palette, Julie’s paintings have become works of extraordinary optical brilliance. In this beautiful and evocative etching, Julie has skillfully used sparse palette, with alternating dots of different sizes, building up specific reference points with the use of shades of blue-grey and white. The work has a lyrical flow and depicts her Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming), which is associated with her father’s traditional country of Pirlinyanu, a rocky outcrop in the Tanami Desert, west of Yuendumu and towards the WA border.
This rocky country with its significant waterholes and plentiful bush tucker is one of many significant locations for the Water Dreaming because if you know which rocks to move you always have access to fresh water in the deep natural occurring wells of Pirlinyanu. Without this knowledge one could imagine there was no water in this desert landscape. Ownership of country is passed down from the father (patrilineal) and ritual knowledge is passed on from auntie to niece (father’s sisters). In this case it is those of the Nampijinpa and Nangala sub-section groups.