Budgerigar Dreaming T-Shirt

The Avalanches


Budgerigar Dreaming T-Shirt by Karen Napaljarri Barnes

Karen Napaljarri Barnes was born in Lajamanu, a remote Aboriginal community on the edge of the Tanami Desert, 1000km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. She moved to Yuendumu, 700km south, after finishing school in Lajamanu, to be with her family. Karen has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed Art Centre, since 2001. Karen is the grand-daughter of Warlukurlangu's famous artist Judy Napangardi Watson, Karen and Judy would sit together painting at the Art Centre every day when Karen first started painting. Karen paints the dreaming stories handed down to her by her family for generations of millenia, stories which come from Mina Mina, country west of Yuendumu of which her family are the custodians. She also paints Karnta Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming), Wakulyarri Jukurrpa (Wallaby Dreaming), Ngartijirri Jukurrpa (Bush Carrot Dreaming) Ngartijirri Jukurrpa (Bugerigar Dreaming). 

‘Ngatijirri’ are small, bright green birds native to central Australia. Each time the flock of ancestral ‘ngatijirri’ lands, they perform ceremonies, singing and dancing as they fly and roost in the trees. 

In this painting Karen has used a non traditional way of painting the Jukurrpa. She has used a more realistic depiction of the birds and a very abstract representation of the colours.

The profits from the sale of this T-shirt will go to Karen’s ‘Yuendumu’ community and to to the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation.

Budgerigar Dreaming T-Shirt by The Avalanches