Songlines Aboriginal Art: Paintings from Yuendumu and Lajamanu, Page 1 ~


TDY 7. Fire Dreaming, Paddy Japaljarri Sims, 2004, 42" x 36" For Sale

Paddy Japaljarri Sim's vibrant mosiac dotting style, employed to outline and amplify the symbolic designs (or kuriwari) in his paintings as well as imply the topography of landscape, can best be described as beatific, expressing the resonant spiritual power of his Dreamtime ancestors which abides in the desert landscape today.

This painting depicts groups of people burning off areas of spinifex country. The fires are lit so that Liwirringki (burrowing skinks) and other goannas are flushed out of their holes and hiding places. They may then more easily be caught for food. The painting also depicts the scene of a ceremony in which the various groups involved are shown in their separate places according to the protocol of the ceremony. The kirda (owners of the Dreaming) are Japaljarri and Jungarrayi men and the kurdungurlu (ceremonial police) are Jampijinpa and Jupurrurla. The circular motifs represent water soakages and rock holes, the curvy lines represent warlu (fire). In the middle is depicted an old Japaljarri man with his ceremonial pole. The Jukurrpa comes from Panma, a soakage.



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