Marlette Napurrurla Ross
“Native Fuchsia Dreaming”
Acrylic on canvas (unstretched)
30 x 30 cm
$25 Standard Australia
This painting depicts the Mininypa Jukurrpa (Native Fuchsia Dreaming). A Jungarrayi man called Lintipilinti who lived at Ngarlu, which means ‘red rock’, a country to the east of Yuendumu, fell in love with a Napangardi woman. As it is a forbidden relationship under Warlpiri law, as the woman was his classificatory mother-in-law, they were turned to stone. The two can still be seen, as two rocks at Ngarlu today. During the course of these events the women from Ngarlu who gossiped about the wrong skin love union turned into ‘miinypa’. These are plants are also called ‘yanyirlingi’. They have small red flowers with honey inside them which are delicious to eat, tasting like ice-cream. Ngarlu is a sacred place where ‘miinypa’ are still commonly found today.
The artwork is accompanied by the official Aboriginal art centre’s certificate of authenticity. The artist’s complete biography will also be provided when available.
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