SABRINA NAPANGARDI GRANITES
Australian Aboriginal Artist
Born: 24 August 1972
Skin Name: Napangardi
Region: Yuendumu (about 300 km north west of Alice Springs NT)
Dreaming: Mina Mina, Milky Way and Seven Sisters, Snake Vine, Women’s Dreaming
Sabrina Napangardi Granites belongs to a great tradition of family painters from Yuendumu, on the southern fringes of the Tanami Desert in central Australia.
Sabrina is the daughter of artists Robin Japanangka Granites and Alma Nungarrayi Granites, and the granddaughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims and Bessie Nakamarra Sims, two of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association.
Sabrina Granites’ Milky Way and Seven Sisters Dreaming paintings depict the power and majesty of the night sky, which is clear and bright, over the desert centre of Australia. These Dreaming stories were passed to her from her grandmother and her grandfather, who knew the songs and ceremony for these dreamings.
The cluster of seven stars in the constellation Taurus, known as the Pleiades, represents seven women of the Napaljarri skin group. Jukurra, the morning star, often shown chasing them across the night sky, represents a Jakamarra man in love with the seven Napaljarri sisters, but unsuitable for them. The Seven Sisters escape into the sky to become stars. Jukurra followed them to become the morning star, but they are always beyond his reach.