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Wendy Nungarrayi Brown / Star (Seven Sisters) Dreaming (1B)

152cm x 91cm Acrylic on Linen

SKU: 5169-16


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Wendy Nungarrayi Brown is the daughter of two of Warlukurlangu Artists founding artists: The late Bessie Nakamarra Sims (1932- 2012) and the late Paddy Japaljarri Sims (1916 – 2010). She has two sisters and one brother and they all paint through the art centre.

Wendy has four children and many grandchildren that she helps to take care of when she’s not painting. Wendy has lived her whole life in Yuendumu; a remote Aboriginal community located 290kms north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She attended the local school followed by further studies at Bachelor College where she completed a pre-tertiary course before studying Early Childhood Education. Besides helping out with Meals on Wheels for the old people, Wendy worked for many years at the local Child Care Centre but had to stop working in 2004 as she suffers from chronic arthritis.

Wendy has been painting with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 1987 and has been exhibiting her work in Group Exhibitions since 1988.

Because of her busy lifestyle her production of art work was initially sporadic – it wasn’t until 2004 when she retired that she was able to commit herself to full time painting. Wendy paints her dreaming stories which relate directly to ceremony, land and bush tucker. These Dreaming stories were passed down to her by her father and his father before him.

The Star (Seven Sisters) Dreaming depicts the story of the seven ancestral Napaljarri sisters who are found in the night sky today in the cluster of seven stars in the constellation Taurus, more commonly known as the Pleiades. The Pleiades are seven women of the Napaljarri skin group and are often depicted in paintings of this Dreaming carrying the Jampijinpa man ‘wardilyka’ (the bush turkey) who is in love with the Napaljarri-warnu and who represents the Orion’s Belt cluster of stars.

Jukurra-jukurra, the morning star, is a Jakamarra man who is also in love with the seven Napaljarri sisters and is often shown chasing them across the night sky. In a final attempt to escape from the Jakamarra the Napaljarri-warnu turned themselves into fire and ascended to the heavens to become stars. The custodians of the Napaljarri-warnu Jukurrpa are Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men and Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women.

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