Pirlinyanu (Rockhole Country), 2011
This beautiful blue painting, a sizeable work of 198x122 cm by Julie, is unusual and makes a statement. In it one sees the great expanses of the Central Australian sky that dominates the desert to the horizon. The subject matter depicted is that of an important rock hole site called Pirlinyanu. This is Julie’s father Japaltjarri’s Country and his father Jangala before him.
In this large work allegorical work, Julie paints her dreaming. The knowledge of rain and water, as it falls from the skies, onto Pirlinyanu. The water trickles across the landscape, through the cracks and into the wells (rock holes) of Pirlinyanu, where the water collects and is kept pristine by carefully placed rocks to cover the holes. The whereabouts of these wells is pass down through the generations in their stories and dreamings.