Sabrina Robertson NANGALA

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu , 2023

Art : Aboriginal
Origine : Yuendumu
Dimensions : 30 x 30 cm
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
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N° : 4556

In this work, Sabrina Robertson depicts the sacred site of Pirlinyarnu, 165 km west of Yuendumu, to which the Dreaming (Jukurrpa) of Water (Ngapa) is linked. Legend has it that in the Dreamtime - the mythical time of creation for the Aborigines - two rainmaking ancestors from the Jangala family called for rain with their songs, triggering a huge storm. This storm mixed with another and moved along various clan territories. It was then seized by a brown hawk ancestor (kirrkarlanji) who let it fall on Pirlinyarnu, where a very large marsh (maluri) formed. This marsh still exists today and when it rains, hundreds of ducks (ngapangarla) gather there. The very fine lines that enclose the dotted lines form concentric circles that symbolise, for the Warlpiri - the artist's family group - the cumulus and stratocumulus clouds that appeared in the sky before the mythical storm. They are integrated into a series of dots symbolising the flow of rivers that formed as a result of the torrential rains.