Pirlinyanu Dreaming (2004)

Artist: Julie Nangala Robinson

Region: Central Desert

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 122 x 198 cm
(Artwork can be rotated)

Catalogue Number: 8721JR

Price: 8500.00


In this glorious work we see the ochre colours of the desert alongside deep blue grey rhythmic dotting that symbolises rain pounding on the earth. Knowledge of where the water is gathered in deep rock holes passed on from generation to generation.

This site is in the Tanami Desert, a rocky outcrop known as Pirlinyanu, west of Yuendumu and towards the Western Australia border.

This 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.

Using a distinctive monochromatic palette to represent arid country and water, Julie has created a minimalist painting of country from an aerial perspective, a work that can be viewed in different orientations.

When journeying to this “country”, it is rarely a featureless landscape and from Pirlinyanu, the top of this site, you can see for miles and miles.

Julie Nangala Robinson

Region: Yuendumu, NT

Julie is the traditional custodian of her country Pirlinyanu, a land of rocky outcrops and deep water springs. It is a water dreaming site (Ngapa Jukurrpa) near Mina Mina.

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