Lajamanu panels

In March 1986, after a decision to use art to transmit cultural knowledge, Lajamanu’s artists transitioned from painting on fruit boxes, car parts, floor tiles and wood scraps, to using huge sheets of composition board. These works, in bold house paint, became known as the ‘Lajamanu Panels’. One of the precursers to the large works … More Lajamanu panels

Fire becomes rain becomes fire

The Warlpiri sacred site Kurlpurlunu,recently rediscovered after being lost for 70 years, is used for rainmaking ceremonies (among other things). For the Warlpiri rain (ngapa) and fire (warlu) are closely related – in this world and also in the Jukurrpa (the Dreaming). Rainmaking knowledge is held by those with the skin names Jampijinpa/Nampijinpa and Jangala/Nangala. … More Fire becomes rain becomes fire