Sabrina Napangardi Granites
Aboriginal Warlpiri Woman
Sabrina Granites Napangardi was born in 1972 in Yuendumu in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is the grand-daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims and Bessie Nakamarra Sims, two of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association, the art centre located in Yuendumu. This is one of the oldest, continually operating art centre in the Central Desert of Australia.
Sabrina has been painting with the art centre since 1997. She paints the Dreaming stories passed to her from her grandfather and grandmother. Sabrina attended the local school at Yuendumu, is married and has two young daughters whom she is raising. She currently works with the art centre and occasionally she goes hunting with her family around Yuendumu to collect bush foods.
This painting tells the story of a group of ancestral 'Karnta' (women), who are a part of the Mina Mina Dreaming story. In the Dreamtime, these women danced at Mina Mina, causing 'Karlangu' (digging sticks to rise up out of the ground. They collected these digging sticks, putting them over their shoulders and travelled far and wide. As they travelled they anointed themselves with 'Minyira' (shiny fat) to increase their ritual powers.
This painting depicts a part of the 'Lukarrara' (Desert Fringe-rush Seed) Dreaming based in Jaralypari. Iconography is seen here, whereby large concentric circles represent this site, as well as the seed bearing grass, Lukarrara.