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Samantha Napurrurla Wilson / Honey Ant Dreaming (1A)

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

 

SKU: 3301-19

$170.00

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

Samantha Napurrurla Wilson was born 1978 and grew up in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. The area around Yuendumu is her father’s and her grandmother’s country.

When she was little Samantha stayed with her mother in Alice Springs where she went to a convent school. Later, when she got bigger, she returned to Yuendumu to finish her schooling. She is a single mother with two children born in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Her other two sons from her previous marriage live with their father in Billiluna, 550 km north-west of Yuendumu.

Samantha has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2010. She paints her Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which relate directly to her land. These stories were passed down to her by her grandmother and her grandmother’s mother for generations. Samantha likes to paint the Dreaming of her grandmother, which is the Yurrampi Jukurrpa or Honey Ant Dreaming.

When she has free time Samantha likes to play basketball and to walk with her children in the bush around Yuendumu and tell them stories of her country, its features and animals.

Honey ants are a much prized delicacy, considered to be well worth the enormous effort it takes to dig them out of the ground. The ants dig tunnels quite deep under the ground in ‘jirrijirrinpa’ (mulga woodland) country. Branching from these passage ways are chambers (‘mingki’), from the ceiling of which the honey ants are suspended, full of food. With their swollen abdomens, the ants are unable to move.

The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Wanakurdpanda, east of Yuendumu. This Jukurrpa also travels through Yuendumu, and belongs to Japangardi/Japanangka men and Napangardi/Napanangka women.

Honey ants can be identified by a little yellow stripe on their backs.

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