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Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer, Wardapi Jukurrpa, Aboriginal art

Wardapi Jukurrpa


Artist: Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer

Region: Central Desert
Medium: Acrylics on Unstretched Canvas
Year: 2012
Size: 610mm x 610mm

SKU: W003/06 Categories: , ,
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The Wardapi Jukurrpa (goanna [Varanus gouldii] Dreaming)
comes from an area to the east of Yuendumu called
Yarumayi, a place important for its ochre deposits and as a
site for collecting ceremonial stones. The custodians of the
Wardapi Jukurrpa are Nungarrayi/Napaljarri women and
Jungarrayi/Japaljarri men. This story tells of the return of
the custodians of this Dreaming to collect ceremonial
stones that represent the ‘ngipiri’ (eggs) of the ‘wardapi’
ancestors in their ceremonies. In contemporary Warlpiri
paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the
Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. This painting
depicts ‘wardapi’ ancestors returning home to their sacred
site. Concentric circles can illustrate ‘wardapi’ holes and
the droppings they leave while ‘wardapi’ tracks are usually
represented by ‘W’ or rounded shapes.