Joy Nangala Brown
Aboriginal Warlpiri woman
Joy Nangala Brown spent most of her childhood at Yuendumu, although did several years of schooling in Alice Springs at Yirara College. Joy moved to Nyirripi in the early 1980’s, and has lived there ever since, although she travels back and forth to Yuendumu to visit family. Joy is the daughter of the successful Pintupi artist Pegleg Jampijinpa, and grew up with his art work around her. She is married to Jay Jay Spencer, the adopted son of another highly successful artist from Yuendumu, Paddy Japaljarri Stewart. They have two children, a daughter and son and grandchildren. Her daughter Debbie Napaljarri Brown also paints with Warlukurlangu Artists. Joy has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 2006. Joy paints her Father’s and Grandfather’s Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa stories. They relate directly to the land and its features, and the plants and animals that live on it.
The artwork shows a dreaming story from Yumari, a collection of rocks in the Gibson Desert. It is the site of a forbidden love story between a Japaljarri man and a Nangala woman. The painting uses iconography associated with the site and landforms to show the story. For example, the concentric circles represent rockholes.