WARMURRUNGU

by NYARAPAYI GILES - MRS N. GILES

1940 - 2019

Language: Ngaanyatjarra

  • Acrylic on Canvas - year 2018

  • 122cm x 91.5cm

  • Catalogue number: 18-462
     

  • $4,400.00 AUD

  • or $440.00 per month over 10 months with Art Money

Mrs N. Giles' paintings depict a site called ‘Warmurrungu’ near Karku, her birthplace.

This is where the ochres are collected for ceremonial use.

In the dreaming times many emus went down into the rockholes and some took the form of trees.

​The ochre is excavated in a special way using a stick, and Mrs N. Giles 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.