Lynette Nangala Singleton
Aboriginal Warlpiri woman
Lynette Nangala Singleton grew up in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs. Lynette has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2008. She paints her Father’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings, which relate directly to her land, in particular a rock hole west of Lake McKay. These stories have been passed down by her father and her father’s father for millennia.
This colourful painting depicts a Water Dreaming story at a particular special site, Puyurru. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Dreaming stories. In this painting, short dashes are used to represent cumulus clouds, and the small cirlces are used to depict soakages and the river bed as the rain comes.
This vibrant painting depicts Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming). It is specifically set at the site of Puyurru. At this site, in the usually dry creek beds, there are many 'Mulju' (soakages) or naturally occuring wells. The Water Dreaming brings much needed rain, filling these dry creek beds and bringing the country back to life.