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Featured Artist: Murdie Nampijinpa Morris

Malikijarra Jukurrpa (Two Dogs Dreaming) relates to the land adjacent to the windmill at Warlarlarla (Rabbit Flat). This painting retells the Dreaming of two dog ancestors, Jampijinpa and Napangardi, who travelled along a creek bed north-east to Yarikurlangu . When they arrived, Jampijinpa and Napangardi made a burrow to rest in and started a big family of dogs.

The ribcages of the Jampijinpa, Napangardi and their family can be seen as features in the landscape in the Yarikurlangu area, and have been depicted in this work. Surrounding these prominent symbols, Nampinjipa has depicted several waterholes in the Yarikurlangu district. This Dreaming belongs to the Jangala, Nangala, Jampijinpa and Nampijinpa moieties, who are shown travelling along the watercourse.

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Featured Artist: Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre created a new style of painting in 1988 at the Adelaide DACOU studio to depict a type of flora found in her country of Atnangkere that is located in the Utopia region. 'Atnangkere Growth' is an artistic extension of Gloria's well- known 'Bush Medicine Dreaming' in which she paints the leaves of a particular shrub with strong medicinal qualities that aid in healing. It has dense brownish green leaves and yellow flowers, and grows profusely in the sandy areas of Utopia. In her 'Atnangkere Growth' series, Gloria represents the branches rather than the leaves of this shrub. The branches often cross over one another and can be so dense that the Aboriginal people have to burn a path to pass through them when hunting. She paints the intertwining foliage using uneven linear designs that appear to weave in and out of the canvas. To illustrate the density of the shrub and its wild profusion in the bush she creates layers with different acrylic colours. Between the lines she often splatters random drops of colour to mirror how the flowers bloom in a seemingly haphazard way. Burning is a common practice in the outback and is essential to the regeneration of desert flora and bush tucker. Gloria portrays the burnt blackened areas of the bush by first painting a dark ground colour on the canvas that she then overlays with layers of bright colours to signal new growth and regeneration after fire.

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