Pirlinyanu Dreaming, 2004
The brilliance of Julie’s style to tell her story of Water Dreaming comes to the fore with the use of two colours on a black background. The ochery colour with the blue-grey that represents the element of land and water, is added subtle depth to understanding the 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.
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.
Using an aerial perspective and distinctive monochromatic palette, Julie’s current paintings have become works of extraordinary optical brilliance.