Flying Ant Dreaming by Marlette Napurrurla

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Artist:Marlette Napurrurla
Title:Flying Ant Dreaming
Medium:Acrylic on linen
Size: 122 X 46cm
Code:0526

Marlette paints for the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation located at the Yuendumu community 300km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. Established in 1985, Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a fully Aboriginal owned and governed art centre with over 600 members. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of all art works go directly back to the artists and their community projects.

The art centre is famous for its gloriously colourful acrylic paintings with many of its members work collectable having been featured in hundreds of exhibitions both in Australia and around the world .The art centre is both a stronghold of traditional Warlpiri culture and an essential part of Yuendumu's community life.

This painting depicts the Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) from Wapurtali, west of Yuendumu. Pamapardu are flying ants that  come out after rain, flying around in search of a dry Mingkirri (termite hill) or a place to live. When they  have found their new home they drop their wings and as they fall to the ground women collect them to eat as they are nice and sweet.

In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Dreaming , particular sites and other elements and when this story is painted concentric circles are used to represent the termite hill and the rockholes involved in the story while dashes are often used around the circles to represent the flying ant.

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