We're talking again about Papunya

25 AM 5437/07
Nellie Nangala Water Dreaming 2007
Acrylic on linen
915 x 1220mm

This painting tells one of the many water dreamings from the Papunya area. The central circle is an important water or rock hole site. The different coloured stripes represent the elements of a storm – wind, rain, thunderclouds and lightning. The four brown lines emanating from the circle are the water flowing, flooding the usually dry creek beds. The background dotting also symbolises the landscape after the rains and the earth has been replenished with the new growth. Knowledge of where to find water was handed down from generation to generation to ensure survival in the desert.

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