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Selma Napanangka Tasman / Owlet Nightjar Dreaming

46cm x 46cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 3021-16

$355.00

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

Selma Napanangka Tasman was born in Darwin Hospital, the closest hospital to Lajamanu, an Aboriginal community in semi-arid country on the edge of the Tanami Desert, halfway between Darwin and Alice Springs. She was born to Angelina Nampijinpa Tasman and Alec Japangardi Tasman and she has three sisters and one brother.

When Selma was 11 years old she moved from Lajamanu to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community a further 300 km south of Lajamanu, with her family. She attended the local school in Yuendumu and completed her studies at Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Alice Springs.

Selma has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 2001. She paints her father’s and mother’s stories, Dreamings which relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were passed down to her by her father and mother and her grandparents and their parents before them for millennia. Selma uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.

Selma has three children and when she is not painting she is kept busy looking after them.

The Jarlajirrpi Jukurrpa (owlet nightjar dreaming) belongs to country near to Wirliyajarrayi (Willowra community), north of Yuendumu. The Jarlajirrpi is also known as a “Kurdaitcha” shaman bird. Jarljirrpi make a particular sound, “Jurl-Jurl” at night. They spend all day in their nest in the hollow logs of trees and have big eyes like a southern Boobook Owl. When people hear the owl calling out at night they say to each other “A Kirdaitcha man is coming this way. Look out for him!” This dreaming is associated with ceremonies that are usually performed at night.

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