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Ngurlu manu pirdijirri Jukurrpa (Seeds and Seed cake Dreaming)

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
193.2 × 101.3 cm
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1997
© Lorner Napurrula Fencer (Yulyulu), courtesy of Lajamanu Progress Association
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

Lorna Napurrla Fencer, whose Aboriginal name is Yulyulu, was born at Yaturluyaturlu (the Granites), a Yam Dreaming site in the Tanami Desert. Her father’s country is Wapurtarli and she is the custodian of Yumurrpa. Most of her early life was spent in this country with her family before the settlements at Yuendemu and Lajamanu (Hooker Creek) were created.

Napurrula began to paint in 1986, using enamel and acrylic paint on recycled building materials, and also producing gouaches for use in the bilingual, bicultural community school in Lajamanu.

Western Desert artists such as Napurrula reveal the power of the land through kuruwarri, the signs and marks of spirit ancestors who created and became the land.

Napurrurla inherited from her father, Jakamarra, the right to paint yarla (bush potato), ngapa (water), warna (snake), ngurlu (seed) and wanakiji (bush plum). In Seeds and seed cake Dreaming 1996, Napurrurla depicts body paint designs for women’s yawalyu ceremonies associated with fertility and regeneration. The presence of water in the desert promotes the growth of ngurlu (seeds), which are gathered by women, ground and mixed into a paste then cooked in the coals to make seedcake damper.