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Clifford Possum
Love Story

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This Dreaming took place at the sacred rockhole site of Ngarlu, for which the Tjungurrayi and Tjapaltjarri men are custodians.

Young Tjungurrayi man who fell in love with a Napangati woman, however she was the wrong skin group and was not allowed to marry him. The Tjungurrayi man returned to his campsite to perform love magic. The painting is about ‘forbidden love’. The Tjungurrayi man, Liltipilinti had been smitten by a Napangarti woman who was ‘wrong skin’. He wins her by performing Love Magic – ‘singing’ her while spinning his hair on a spindle. The work depicts the man’s footprints as he searches for the materials to make the spindle while the foots prints descending to and from the Centre represent the Woman entering and departing the scene . The U shape shows where and how he sat to create the sand painting and weave the spell required. The cloudy overlay represents a small willy willy that swept through the scene in order to disrupt the spell.

The design, seen from a bird’s eye view, achieves a three dimensional quality, with the hair spindle appearing to project upwards.


Clifford Possum
Love Story

C/No. 16465 – 127 x 181 cm Acrylic on Linen

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