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Melissa Nampijinpa Karpa / Water Dreaming (1A)

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 679-18

$160.00

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

Melissa Nampijinpa Karpa was born in 1992 in Laramba, a remote aboriginal community, 205km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is the daughter of Sarah Napurrurla Leo, an artist with Warlukurlangu Art Centre and has three sisters and one brother. Melissa attended the local school, finishing in Year 12. She currently lives in Laramba and paints with the Laramba Art Centre. Her mother lives in Yuendumu, a remote aboriginal community, 105km further north west from Laramba.

Melissa first began painting in 2016 when visiting her extended family. When Melissa visits she continues to paint with her family. She paints her father’s Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming). Stories relating directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it.

 

The site depicted in this painting is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are ‘mulju’ (soakages), or naturally occurring wells.

Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. The storm travelled across the country from the east to the west, initially travelling with a ‘pamapardu Jukurrpa’ (termite Dreaming) from Warntungurru to Warlura, a waterhole 8 miles east of Yuendumu. At Warlura, a gecko called Yumariyumari blew the storm on to Lapurrukurra and Wilpiri. Bolts of lightning shot out at Wirnpa (also called Mardinymardinypa) and at Kanaralji. At this point the Dreaming track also includes the ‘kurdukurdu mangkurdu Jukurrpa’ (children of the clouds Dreaming). The water Dreaming built hills at Ngamangama using baby clouds and also stuck long pointy clouds into the ground at Jukajuka, where they can still be seen today as rock formations.

The termite Dreaming eventually continued west to Nyirrpi, a community approximately 160 km west of Yuendumu. The water Dreaming then travelled from the south over Mikanji, a watercourse with soakages northwest of Yuendumu. At Mikanji, the storm was picked up by a ‘kirrkarlanji’ (brown falcon) and taken farther north. At Puyurru, the falcon dug up a giant ‘warnayarra’ (rainbow serpent). The serpent carried water with it to create another large lake, Jillyiumpa, close to an outstation in this country. The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this story are Jangala men and Nangala women. After stopping at Puyurru, the water Dreaming travelled on through other locations including Yalyarilalku, Mikilyparnta, Katalpi, Lungkardajarra, Jirawarnpa, Kamira, Yurrunjuku, and Jikaya before moving on into Gurindji country to the north.

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