Born: Yuendumu, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Warlpiri
COMMUNITY: Nyirripi, NT
Ursula is fast becoming known for her bold, graphic deisgns and unique decpiction of Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughn Springs Dreaming). She is from the remote community of Yuendumu and paints for Warlukurlangu Art Centre.
Pikilyi is a large and important waterhole and natural spring near Mount Doreen station. Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming) tells of the home of two rainbow serpents, ancestral heroes who lived together as man and wife. The woman 'rainbow serpent' was of the Napanangka skin group, the man was a Japangardi. This was a taboo relationship contrary to Warlpiri indigenous law. Women of the Napanangka and Napangardi subsection sat by the two serpents, picking lice off them. For this service, the two serpents allowed the women to take water from the springs at Pikilyi. This was because the serpents were the 'kirda', or ceremonial owners, for that country. The spirits of these two rainbow serpents are still at Pikilyi today. This Dreamings belongs to the women and men of the Japanangka/Napanangka and Japangardi/Napangardi skin groups.
Dreaming Story Courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 Warlukurlangu Artists: New Works from Community, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 The Children of the Warlpiri, Art Mob, Hobart
2018 My Country, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC