The Wild Western Desert exhibition

11 AM 8131/11
Nyarapayi Giles Warmurrungu 2010
Acrylic on canvas
1365 x 1000mm

Nyarapayi’s paintings depict a site called ‘Warmarungu’ near Karku, her birthplace. This is where the ochres are collected for ceremonial use. In the dreaming times many emus went down into the the rockholes and some took the form of trees. The ochre is excated in a special way using a stick, and Nyarapayi paints the emu spirits which are released during this ceremony to again take physical form. Her paintings show the travels of the emus in the dreaming times and the rockholes they stopped at.

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