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Long Maggie Nakamarra White / Water Dreaming (2A)

SKU: 1773-10

46cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

 

$220.00

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

Long Maggie Nakamarra White, so named because of her tall and slim stature, was born c. 1930 in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290km north-west of Alice Springs. Maggie grew up there with her family. She was widowed at a young age but had one daughter who now lives in Alice Springs with her husband.

She started painting in 1987 at Warlukurlangu Artists. She painted several dreamings including Lukarrara Jukurrpa (Seed Grass Dreaming), Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming), Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) and Jardiwanpa Jukurrpa (Snake Dreaming).

Maggie used to go hunting with the other women from Yuendumu, visiting her country at Mijirlparnta (Mission Creek), and watching AFL games, both live and on television. Maggie passed away in 2012.

 

Artwork Description

The site depicted in this painting is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek bed are water soakages or naturally occurring wells. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. It travelled across the country, with the lightning striking the land. This storm met up with another storm from Wapurtali, to the west and was picked up by a ‘kirrkarlanji’ (brown falcon) and carried further west until it dropped the storm at Purlungyanu, where it created a giant soakage. At Puyurru the bird dug up a giant snake, ‘warnayarra’ (the Rainbow Serpent). The snake carried water with it to create a large lake named Jillyiumpa, close to an outstation in this country.

In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. In many paintings of this Jukurrpa curved and straight lines represent the ‘ngawarra’ (flood waters) running through the landscape. Motifs frequently used to depict this story include small circles representing ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and short bars depicting ‘mangkurdu’ (cumulus & stratocumulus clouds).

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