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Theme: Boom & Bust

Birth/Death: 1930

Title: Wakirlpirri Jukurppa

Credit Line: Purchased from Gallery Admission charges 1986. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

The Warlpiri sisters-in-law, Judy Nampijnpa Granites, Liddy Napanangka Walker and Topsy Napanangka, from Yuendumu, west of Alice Springs, collaborated to create this work.

Wakirlpirri Jukurppa expresses the abundant yield of the desert, showing women collecting and winnowing dogwood seeds to make damper. Characteristically, in the desert, women artists illustrate qualities of fertility and nurturing. The dogwood seedpods are represented in the painting by the dominant black elements. The small yellow U-shapes in the centre of the painting represent the women, and the ovals the coolamon, while the two Y-shapes represent the fire in which the damper is cooked.

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