MURDIE MORRIS – ABOUT THE ARTIST AND HER WORK
This delightful design shows detail from Murdie Morris’s artwork ‘Two Dogs Dreaming’ (Malikijarra Jukurrpa).
The ‘kind’ (owners) of this Dreaming are Nampijinpa/Nangala women and Jampijinpa/Jangala men.
This Dreaming comes from country adjacent to the windmill at Warlarla (Rabbit Flat).
This site is part of a long Dreaming track that stretches from Yarrajalpa in the extreme west of Warlpiri country to Warlaku (Ali Curung) in the east. In WArlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements.
The ribcages of the Jampijinpa, Napangardi, and their family of dogs are depicted in this work. Their ribs can also be seen as features in the landscape in the Yankirrikirlangu area.
Concentric circles are used to represent the ‘ngapa’ (waterholes) around Yankirrikirlangu.
ABOUT THE ARTIST – MURDIE MORRIS
Murdie (Maudie) Nampijinpa Morris was born in the 1930s at Rabbit Flat, a tiny settlement in the middle of the harsh Tanami Desert in the Norther Territory of Australia. This is approximately 160km from the Western Australian border and 315km north-west of Yuendumu.
Her parents would have taken her out bush in around Nyirripi area, showing her sites and teaching her the traditional ways of her country.
In the early 1980s she settled in Yuendumu and worked at the Old People’s Home – a Program that cares fot he elderly by helping them when they are sick, and being with them when they are alone or when they are frightened during storms.
She was married but is now a widowed woman. She never had children.
Murdie has been painting with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, and Aboriginal owned and governed art centre in Yuendumu, since 2012.
She was prompted to paint when she attended a workshop in 2012. She enjoys painting, and paints her father’s jukurrpa, Maliki Jukurrpa (Domestic Dog Dreaming) and Malikijarra Jukurrpa (Two Dog Dreaming). Dreamings that have been passed down through the generations for millenia and relate directly to the land, its features, and the animals and plants that inhabit it.
She uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.
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