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Yurmupa - Big Bush Potato. Artist: Liddy Nelson Nakamarra

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This print and Liddy’s other Bush Potato print titled Wapurtali together depict the epic battle between the big bush potato and the little bush potato. It is a metaphor for how the Warlpiri people learnt to live in harmony. When reading these two stories it is important to understand that the men are the big bush potatoes and the women are the little bush potatoes. They existed as people during the creation time but also represent plants, and an important food source, each of which competes for space in the harsh desert environment.

The Tjupurrula and Tjakamarra men (fathers and sons) fight with men of the same skin groups from a different tribe over women who are depicted in Liddy’s other print. The women are of the Napurrula and Nakamarra skin groups, Sisters and daughters to the men, and mothers and daughters to each other. The women bring the little bush potato to the men as food. While the full story is a narrative battle that took place during the creation period referred to as the Dreamtime, it is also a major ceremony, which is re-enacted to this day in Warlpiri culture.

This is one of 28 prints included in the exhibition Yilpinji, Love Magic & Ceremony that toured throughout Australia and internationally. This is the first time in the history of Aboriginal printmaking that a body of prints became available that focused on a unique aspect of Aboriginal culture. Fifteen senior Aboriginal artists have each created a thematic work on Yilpinji, the love magic practised by the Warlpiri and Kukatja people of the central and western deserts of Australia. This little-known aspect of Aboriginal culture is explored in this important body of etchings, screenprints and linocuts.

This print and the other 27 showing in the exhibition are graphically illustrated with accompanying text in the book, Yilpinji Love Art & Ceremony, written by Christine Nicholls, senior lecturer, Flinders University.

This is an original, limited-edition etching created by the artist on a metal plate and printed by master printmaker Basil Hall on 350gsm Hahnemuhle archival paper.


  • Medium: etching
  • Image size: 50cm x 33cm
  • Paper size: 76cm x 56cm
  • Edition size: 99

“Liddy Nelson Nakamarra began painting in 1986. Using large, expressive, iconographic forms in bright colours, she depicts subjects from her Dreamings, such as small snake, yam dreaming and bush grapes. Her works express an unrestrained quality that is typical of the style of artists from her community in Lajamanu, in the southwest of the Northern Territory. Her brother is the artist Michael Nelson Jagamarra Nelson.” Christine Nicholls, Senior Lecturer, Flinders University

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