Andrea Nungarrayi Wilson - Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming
Mainie Australia - Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming Painting
Artwork Name: Lukarrara Jukurrpa (desert fringe rush seed dreaming)
Artist: Andrea Nungarrayi Wilson
Size: 30cm x 60cm loose canvas
This Jukurrpa belongs to women of the Nakamarra/Napurrurla subsections and to Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men. This Dreaming is associated with a place called Jaralypari, north of Yuendumu. Lukarrara (desert fringe-rush) is a grass with an edible seed. The seeds are traditionally ground on a large stone (‘ngatinyanu’) with a smaller stone (‘ngalikirri’) to make flour. This flour is mixed with water (‘ngapa’) to make damper cakes which are cooked and eaten. In Warlpiri tradition paintings iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. Large concentric circles often represent the site of Jaralypari and also the seed bearing grass Lukurra. ‘U’ shapes can depict the karnta (women) collecting ‘lukarrara’ and straight lines are frequently used to portray seeds that fall down to the ground and are also collected by women using their ‘parrajas’ (wooden food carriers) and ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks).