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Lyn Nungurrayi Sims / Ceremonial Poles (1A)

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 3675-13

$160.00

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

Lyn Nungarrayi Sims was born in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is the daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims (Dec) and Bessie Nakamarra Sims (Dec), two of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Art Centre. Lynn attended the local school in Yuendumu. She is married and has one son. Over the years she has worked for the Yuendumu Old People’s Program, the local Council and Centrelink office.

She has been painting with Warlukurlangu Art Centre since 1987. She paints the Jukurrpa stories which have been passed down to her by her father and his fathers before him for millennia. These stories relate directly to the features and animals that are found in her traditional country.

When Lyn’s not painting she likes to spend time with her grand-children playing and passing on her Jukurrpa stories.

This painting shows the story of the Witi Jukurrpa (Ceremonial poles). Japaljarri and Jungarrayi men travelled from Kurlurngalinypa (near Lajamanu) to Yanjirlypirri (west of Yuendumu) and then on to Lake Mackay near the West Australian border. On the way they performed Kurdiji (initiation ceremonies) for young men. Women also danced for the Kurdiji ceremony. The site depicted in this canvas is Yanjilypiri where there is a low hill and a water soakage. The importance of this place cannot be overemphasised, as young boys are taken there to be initiated from as far away as Pitjanjatjara country to the south and Lajamanu to the north. The men wear Jinjirla (white feathers headdresses) on either side of their heads. They also wear wooden carvings of stars (Yanjilypiri) which are also laid out on the ground as part of the sand paintings produced for the ceremonies. Their bodies are painted with white and black circles, also representing Yanjilypiri. Ngalyipi (snake vine) is used to tie the Witi poles vertically to the legs of the dancing initiates. In Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements and typically Witi poles are shown as long straight lines and circles depict locations such as Yanjilypiri. Typically “U” shapes are used to represent Jungarrayi and Japaljarri men, who, along with their Nungarrayi and Napaljarri classificatory sisters, are the Kirda (custodians) for this Jukurrpa.

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