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Felicity Napangardi Michaels / Lappi Lappi Dreaming (1A)

60cm x 60cm Acrylic on Linen 

SKU: 563-17ny


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Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity / Provenance

Felicity Napangardi Michaels was born in Perth, WA, while her parents were visiting from Wirrimanu (Balgo), a small Aboriginal community located on the boundary between the Great Sandy Desert and the Tanami Desert of central and Western Australia. When she was young she lived in Balgo with her parents and two brothers then they moved to Nyirripi, NT, where her grandmother the late Mary Anne Nampijinpa Michaels lived. Nyirripi is a a small aboriginal community east of Balgo and 160km south west of Yuendumu. She attended Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Alice Springs. When she finished school, she returned to Nyirripi and worked in the shop.

Felicity has been painting with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 2017. When she was growing up she watched her grandma Mary Anne Nampijinpa Michaels paint and listened to her stories, stories that have been passed down through the ages. She paints her Grandmother’s Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa, using traditional iconology and her grandma’s palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.

When she’s not painting, she likes listening to music and hunting with family and friends.

The subject of this work is Lappi Lappi, a rockhole near Lake Hazlett, about 90km northwest of Lake Mackay in Western Australia. Located in a sheltered basin, the rock hole at Lappi Lappi is a permanent source of water, and is surrounded by country rich in bush tucker.

In the time of the Jukurrpa (Dreamtime) many mothers with young children would gather there because it was a safe place to stay. The rock hole at Lappi Lappi is home to a ‘warnayarra’, a rainbow serpent that travels underground between various rock holes.

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