Pirlinyanu Dreaming, 2011
In this painting Julie 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 Western Australia border.
One of five daughter of international renowned and Telstra award winning artist Dorothy Napangardi, Julie Nangala Robinson, has been painting since the late 1990’s and often paint in the company of her mother.
Julie’s paintings usually depicts her country Pirlinyanu, a water Dreaming site (Ngapa Jukurrpa) that is near Mina Mina, her mother’s traditional country.
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.
Julie has pursued and developed a creative visual language all of her own, one which consists of a fascinating blend of stylised experimentation and ancient narrative. Using an aerial perspective in a distinctive monochromatic palette, Julie’s paintings depict the topographical features of her traditional country at the site of Pirlinyanu. The painting uses different size dots, as she create specific shapes and reference points with the over-dotting.