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Justinna Napaljarri Sims, Yanjirlpirri or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Star or Seven Sisters Dreaming), 183x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Justinna Napaljarri Sims, Yanjirlpirri Or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Star Or Seven Sisters Dreaming), 183x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Justinna Napaljarri Sims, Yanjirlpirri Or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Star Or Seven Sisters Dreaming), 183x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Justinna Napaljarri Sims, Yanjirlpirri Or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Star Or Seven Sisters Dreaming), 183x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Justinna Napaljarri Sims, Yanjirlpirri Or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Star Or Seven Sisters Dreaming), 183x91cm
Aboriginal Art - Justinna Napaljarri Sims, Yanjirlpirri Or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Star Or Seven Sisters Dreaming), 183x91cm
Aboriginal Art - Justinna Napaljarri Sims, Yanjirlpirri Or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Star Or Seven Sisters Dreaming), 183x91cm
Aboriginal Art - Justinna Napaljarri Sims, Yanjirlpirri Or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Star Or Seven Sisters Dreaming), 183x91cm
Aboriginal Art - Justinna Napaljarri Sims, Yanjirlpirri Or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Star Or Seven Sisters Dreaming), 183x91cm

Justinna Napaljarri Sims, Yanjirlpirri or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Star or Seven Sisters Dreaming), 183x91cm

$2,869.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Justinna Napaljarri Sims
  • Community - Yuendumu  
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 951/21
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen  
  • Size(cm) - H183 W91 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

The Napaljarri-warnu Jukurrpa (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 Jukurrpa carrying the Jampijinpa man ‘wardilyka’ (the bush turkey [Ardeotis australias]) 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. Some parts of the Napaljarri-warnu Jukurrpa are closely associated with men’s sacred ceremonies of a very secretive nature. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. Often depicted in paintings for this Jukurrpa is the female star Yantarlarangi (Venus - the Evening Star) who chases the seven Napaljarri sisters for having stolen the night from her.

Justinna Napaljarri Sims was born in 1977 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west from Alice Springs. She went to school at Yirara College (Alice Springs) but returned to the community in 1999 where she has lived permanently ever since. Justinna is the daughter of Elsie Napanangka Granites, a well-known artist, and the grand-daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims (Dec), one of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists Art Association, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu.

She has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists since 1999, however it wasn’t until 2010 that she began to paint full-time. She paints many of her grandfather’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings, which include Ngarlkirdi Jukurrpa (Witchetty Grub Dreaming) and Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa (Star Dreaming). Dreamings that relate directly to her land, its features, and animals. She uses traditional iconography while developing a contemporary individualistic style to depict her traditional Jukurrpa.

Justinna is married to Marshall Jangala Robertson and they have two sons. She also has two daughters, Vicky and Chantal from a previous marriage. As well as being a mother and an artist, Justinna also works part-time in a local store in Yuendumu.




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