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Pauline Singleton NAMPIJINPA

Dates: 1980
Language: Warlpiri
Community: Yuendumu
Art : Aboriginal
Region: Central Desert
State: Northern Territory

Pauline Singleton, from the community of Yuendumu in the Central Desert, depicts in her work the Dreaming (Jukurrpa) of the Emeu (Yankirri) which is associated with Ngarlikurlangu, a sacred place north of Yuendumu. This Dreaming belongs to different tribes and illustrates the complexity of the social structures of the desert, which are based on a kinship system that gives each member of society a place in one of eight possible kinship groups. These groups are arranged in pairs, each pair jointly preserving the themes of the art: land, ceremonies and dreams. This painting tells a story that belongs to two male pairs, the Jangala and the Jampijinpa, and two female pairs, the Nampijinpa and the Nangala (the artist's clan). Legend has it that an emu ancestor (Yankirri) travelled to Ngarlikurlangu to drink from a waterhole (concentric circle in the centre of the canvas) where he met Wardilyka, a bustard ancestor, with whom he fought to feed on grapes (Yakajirri) which both coveted. The arrow shapes represent the emu's footprints on the ground and his wanderings through the sacred territory of Ngarlikiurlangu.

Like most Central Desert artists, Singleton uses the technique of dot painting, which is inspired by traditional ritual ground paintings. This technique gives the work the appearance of a real mosaic whose vibratory effect gives the very idea of life and reminds us that for the Aborigines, the Dreamtime does not belong to the past, it is above all continuous creation and energy.
Pauline Singleton NAMPIJINPA_Yankirri Jukurrpa - Emu Dreaming - Ngarlikurlangu_Australian Aboriginal Art
N°: 3838

Pauline Singleton NAMPIJINPA

Yankirri Jukurrpa - Emu Dreaming - Ngarlikurlangu

Acrylic on canvas
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Musée du Quai Branly, Musée des Confluences à Lyon, Musée d'Art Contemporain les Abattoirs à Toulouse, Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Asie de Vichy, Musée de la Musique, Museum d'histoire naturelle de Lille, Musée de Rochefort, Fondation Electricité de France, Fondation Colas, Banque Dexia ...

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