This dreaming story is from country called Janyinki, close to Yuendumu. Paintings related to the Janyinki area often tell stories associated with men’s ceremonial activity in that country. The nature of that activity is so sensitive that no further details can be revealed. On another level, paintings of Janyinki Dreaming also often relate stories of women travelling through the area collecting bush foods. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Dreaming, associated sites and other elements. Elsie has painted her country – Janyinki – using exceptionally fine dot work to bring the sandhills and paths travelled by the women alive with movement.
Elsie Granites Napanangka is a Warlpiri artist from the remote community of Yuendumu, Northern Territory. Born in 1963, Elsie comes from a family of talented artists including her brother Rex Daniel Granites Japanangka, sisters Audry Martin Napanangka and Nora Long Napanangka and Uncle, senior artist Michael Nelson Minjina Jagamarra. Elise is renowned for the exceptionally fine dot work she uses to portray her country – “Janyinki”.
Elsie has been painting since the late 1980’s and has 3 children, 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild.