New Works


21-124 – Judith Samson


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Judith Samson

61 x 91 cm: acrylic on canvas
Year: 2021

Yurr-Yurr (Yurl-Yurl)

Yurr-yurr is a waterhole located east of Punmu Aboriginal community. This site lies within Judith’s grandmother Dadda’s ngurra (home Country, camp) through her brother Dusty.

The Western Desert term ‘ngurra’ is hugely versatile in application. Broadly denoting birthplace and belonging, ngurra can refer to a body of water, a camp site, a large area of Country, or even a modern house. People identify with their ngurra in terms of specific rights and responsibilities, and the possession of intimate knowledge of the physical and cultural properties of one’s Country. This knowledge is traditionally passed intergenerationally through family connections. Painting ngurra, and in so doing sharing the Jukurrpa (dreaming) stories and physical characteristics of that place, has today become an important means of cultural maintenance. Physical maintenance of one’s ngurra, like cultural maintenance, ensures a site’s wellbeing, and is a responsibility of the people belonging to that area.

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