Lot 39

Seed and Snake Dreaming - Ngurlu manu Warna Jukurrpa

Molly Jinjingarli Napurrurla Tasman

180 x 60 cm
Acrylic on linen
Bid on this piece
This piece has a reserve. 
This piece comes professionally stretched. 
About the Artist

Molly grew up in the Tanami Desert and lived at Mt Doreen, Yarturlu-yarturlu and Yurrampi. She lived a traditional lifestyle as a  young child. Her means of travel was by foot, so she has walked thousands of kilometres through the Northern Territory and Western Australia. She was moved to Lajamanu with her family when the government relocated people to the new community in the 1950s. She is dedicated to the preservation of her culture and works tirelessly to this end. She has been teaching children in school bilingual education programs for many years. Her artistic talents are widely respected among her peers and those who know her. Art is a way of preserving and expressing culture in a meaningful way. Molly loves to paint and finds a lot of freedom in this form of expression, showing her gentle feminine personality in her work, which is delightful to most viewers of the art she creates. Molly's art has been featured in exhibitions all over Australia since 1992, and she was a finalist in the 2008 & 2011 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

About the Work

Molly's art depicts dreaming stories associated with her country, with themes such as beans, bush plum, birds, trees, marsupials and water. This piece depicts a seed and snake dreaming, with the style being similar to designs applied on bodies during women's rituals. 

Notable Collections

National Gallery of Victoria

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

IES Indigenous Art Collection 2017

©  Environmental Defenders Office NT. 

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