New Works


23-539 – Damien Miller


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Damien Miller

46 x 76 cm: acrylic on canvas
Year: 2023


“Yellow is the Spinifex, green is the trees and mustard is the Tuwa (sandhills).”

– Damien Miller

Wilurr is a spring located at the northern end of the large salt lake, Nyayartakujarra (Lake Dora), and northwest of Punmu Aboriginal community. This site lies within Minyawe’s ngurra (home Country, camp), the area which he knew intimately and travelled extensively with his family in his youth. 

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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