Dadu Nungarrayi Gorey / Native Fuchsia Dreaming (3230-21)

SKU: 3230-21

46cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas 


46cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas 

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Artist Profile

Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity/Provenance

Dadu Nungarrayi Gorey was born on the 2nd of April 1955 at Glen Allen Station, near Papunyu, a remote Aboriginal community 270km west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Her father comes from Kakadu, near Darwin, and came to central Australia to work at Nowitorma Station with the cattle and horses, where he met her mother who was employed in the home. The family moved to Papunyu Community where Dadu went to school.

Dadu married and had one daughter who she brought to Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs, after her husband passed away. Dadu has been painting for Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre in Yuendumu, since 1987.

She paints the Jukurrpa (dreaming stories) from her country, Glen Allen Station, Dreamings which relate directly to the land, its features and the plants and animals that live on the land. These stories were passed have been passed down through the generations for millennia. Dadu uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture. The traditional designs and icons used in her artwork denote place and describe paths or movement.

When both Dadu and her daughter Selena Nakamarra Gorey first joined the Warlukurlangu Artists, they not only painted with the art centre but worked in the art centre as cleaners and childcarers. Dadu is now a grandmother and likes spending time with her grandchildren.

Artwork Description

The Mininypa Jukurrpa (native fuchsia Dreaming) is about a Jungarrayi man called Lintipilinti who lived at Ngarlu, which means ‘red rock’, a country to the east of Yuendumu. Lintipilinti fell in love with a Napangardi woman, a forbidden relationship under Warlpiri law, as the woman was his classificatory mother-in-law. Lintipilinti fell in love with the Napangardi woman when he saw the large hole in the ground she made when she urinated. Lintipilinti was aroused by this. He began to wonder how he could woo the Napangardi. He went to Ngarlu and made hair string for her, singing as he worked. The Napangardi woman could not sleep and began to feel sick. She realized that someone was singing Yilpinji (love songs) for her. A little bird visited the Napangardi woman every day. The little bird was taking the Jungarrayi’s love songs to her. The force of the Jungarrayi’s love songs pulled the Napangardi woman to Lintipilinti. When the two met again they made love but they were turned to stone, as their relationship was taboo according to Warlpiri religious law. The two can still be seen, as two rocks at Ngarlu today. During the course of these events the women from Ngarlu who gossiped about the wrong skin love union turned into ‘miinypa’. These are plants are also called ‘yanyirlingi’. They have small red flowers with honey inside them which are delicious to eat, tasting like ice-cream. Ngarlu is a sacred place where ‘miinypa’ are still commonly found today.

Dadu Nungarrayi Gorey / Native Fuchsia Dreaming (3230-21)
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