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Gracie Napangardi Johnson / Bean Tree Dreaming

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

 

SKU: 4838-10

$160.00

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

Gracie Napangardi Johnson was a very active member of the Yuendumu community, a remote Aboriginal community located 290kms north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She worked tirelessly throughout her life being strongly involved with the Woman’s Centre; the Old People’s Program in which she was on the governance committee: and an active member of the Night Patrol Service. She has been described as a very caring and loyal friend, concerned for the welfare of her friends and others. She also took on the responsibility for the upbringing and caring of her many ádoptive’daughters.

Gracie painted with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation from 2001 until her death in 2013. Being heavily involved in the Women’s Law and Culture and very proud of her Dreamings she believed that painting was a way of sharing and documenting them. She painted her mother’s and her father’s dreamings (Jukurrpas). These Dreamings relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. They have been passed down to her by her parents and their parents before them for at least fifty millennia.

The Yinirnti Jukurrpa (bean tree Dreaming) is centred on Yarrungkanyi, a site near to Mount Doreen station to the west of Yuendumu. At Yarrungkanyi there is a large and unusual rock formation of round boulders on the top of hills. The seeds of the ‘yinirnti’ tree are threaded onto ‘wirriji’ (hair string) to make necklaces for decoration and ceremonial use. There is an old story that when a ‘yinirnti’ tree dies men take a piece of the trunk and cut a slit in it. They then place dry ‘marlu’ (kangaroo) dung in the slit and rub a spear thrower against it to heat it. When it starts to smoke highly flammable grass (commonly called kerosene grass) is placed against the dung and a fire is made in the slit. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. A variety of images and signs are used to depict the various elements of this story, much of which is restricted.

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