Ursula Napangardi Marks - Bush Tomato Dreaming - Ngayaki Jukurrpa - 270/20
Artist: Ursula Napangardi Marks
Title: Bush Tomato Dreaming - Ngayaki Jukurrpa
Cat No: 270/20
Size: 85 x 50 cm
Acrylic on Canvas, Stretched with Certificate of Authenticity
This dreaming is about the plentiful bush tomatoes that our people collected all over our country. The ripe tomatoes are found everywhere. There are two sorts of tomatoes, one large and one small. Sometimes the people use a stick to push the seeds out and then dry them in the sun or near a fire. My grandmother sometimes cooked them in the fire for us to eat.
Biography:Ursula Napangardi is a younger artist following in the traditions of the Warlpiri people, who now live in small towns in the Tanami Desert. Napangardi’s art can be complex or very simple. Her art depicts Jukurrpa (Dreaming stories, containing information about the creation of the landscape, knowledge of resources and Warlpiri law) or an aspect of Jukurrpa. Her present works often feature white highlighting kurruwarri, or the sacred marks, which are painted on her body for ceremony. Past works consist of bold confident lines and bright colours typical of artists in Lajamanu. Her subjects were handed down to her from her grandparents and she is now a custodian of them. She is a lady who has been in the most important ceremonies for Warlpiri women, including her sons' and nephews' ceremonies. Her art is informed not only by her personal cultural history, but also by working for 12 years with Warnayaka Artists such as Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves, Kitty Napanangka Simon and Rosie & Molly Napurrurla Tasman.Her works have been exhibited in Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane galleries as well as in America and London. In 2020 they were featured at the enormously successful DAAF online event and then at the Sydney Contemporary by Cooee Art Gallery. Because of COVID this was also an online event. The most recent exhibition a solo, has been at Suzanne O'Connell Gallery in Brisbane.