Synthetic Polymer Paint on Belgian Linen
122 x 61 cm
Artist Details Provenance: Warlukurlangu Artists, NT Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
Exhibited: Into the Future - Emerging Talent, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney March 2013
Details: Joy is the daughter of the successful Pintupi artist Pegleg Jampijinpa, and grew up with his art work around her. She was born in Alice Springs in 1966 and spent most of her childhood at Yuendumu, although she 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.
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 since 2006. She paints her Father's and Grandfather's Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings passed down to her by her mother and father, who in turn received them from their parents. They relate directly to the land and its features, and the plants and animals that live on it.
Joy enjoys hunting for goannas and bush tucker, playing cards and singing in the church choir in her spare time.
Story: The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Yuendumu, which is significant to Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men. All of them are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area.
The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled to the east gathering food, collecting â€˜ngalyipi' (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina]) and performing ceremonies as they travelled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where â€˜karlangu' (digging sticks) emerged from the ground. Taking these implements the women travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites. Their journey took them far to the east beyond the boundaries of Warlpiri country. The â€˜ngalyipi' vine grows up the trunks and limbs of the â€˜kurrkara' (desert oak [Allocasuarina decaisneana]) trees. â€˜Ngalyipi' is a sacred vine to Napangardi and Napanangka women that has many uses. It can be used as a ceremonial wrap, as a strap to carry â€˜parrajas' (wooden bowls) that are laden with bush tucker and as a tourniquet for headaches.
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