Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity/Provenance
Gracie Napangardi Johnson was a very active member of the Yuendumu community, a remote Aboriginal community located 290kms north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She worked tirelessly throughout her life being strongly involved with the Woman’s Centre; the Old People’s Program in which she was on the governance committee: and an active member of the Night Patrol Service. She has been described as a very caring and loyal friend, concerned for the welfare of her friends and others. She also took on the responsibility for the upbringing and caring of her many ádoptive’daughters.
Gracie painted with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation from 2001 until her death in 2013. Being heavily involved in the Women’s Law and Culture and very proud of her Dreamings she believed that painting was a way of sharing and documenting them. She painted her mother’s and her father’s dreamings (Jukurrpas). These Dreamings relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. They have been passed down to her by her parents and their parents before them for at least fifty millennia.