Harper Morris TJUNGURRAYI

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Harper Morris TJUNGURRAYI

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Emu Dreaming at Angara Well, Utopia, polymer paint on composition board painting by Harper Morris TJUNGURRAYI.

Donated by Professor Edwin Clifford Webb, Buderim, QLD.

Emu Dreaming at Angara Well deals with a group of emu beings and their travels across the landscape.

The journey lines or tulku along which the mythical Emu travelled are the straight bands which stretch out across the middle of the work.

Emu tracks also mark the landscape as they meander in several directions across multi-coloured fields of dots.

From material supplied by Dr Lisa Chandler.

What observations did the artist make of emus?

Harper lived in the desert and made observations of wildlife. He used these observations to paint his picture of mythical emus. Many artists name their paintings. Find the name of this painting.

Emus in Flinders Range National Park.
Artists icon for emu.

Find the clue that this painting is about emus. Draw the clue.

What do you know about emus by looking at the tracks in this painting?

More images of emu tracks.

Explain what you know to a partner.

How did Harper draw lines?

How did Harper draw lines? (MP3 682KB)

How did Harper draw lines? transcript

Observe the tyre tracks and footprints in the sand in this photo.

Tyre tracks in big red sand dune, Simpson Desert.

How do they compare with the way Harper represented tracks?

Harper lived in the desert and made observations of wildlife. He used these observations to paint his picture of mythical emus.

Describe the lines in this painting. Suggest reasons why some lines are straight and some lines are curvy. What might the lines have to do with emus?  

Think about where emus move. Draw some lines in a sandpit in the same way that Harper did to show where emus or other animals might move through the red sand of the desert.

What is a bird’s eye view?

This photo was taken through the window of a plane.

Aerial view of a small town and surrounding landscape.

Compare the view from the plane to Harper’s painting from a bird’s eye view.

Make a painting of an activity you like to do from a bird’s eye view looking down.

Ask a friend to tell you the story of your painting.

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