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Pirlinyanu Dreaming, 2009

Artist: Julie Nangala Robinson

Region: Central Desert

Medium/Type: Painting

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

Catalogue Number: 13853JR

Price: 8500.00

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This bold monochromatic work is enhanced by its size. With the three strong lines that traverse the canvas, the artist has painted ‘Country’ that can be hung and viewed in either vertical or landscape mode.

The painting can be interpreted as the river running across country or viewed horizontally as the layers under the surface. The black spots scattered through the painting are the waterholes where the rainfall collects.

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 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.

This painting by Julie shows the extraordinary optical brilliance as she dots her way across the canvas (country) leaving/creating specific shapes as reference points.

Julie Nangala Robinson - Pirlinyanu Dreaming - 122 x 198 cm - Cat 13853JR

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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