LANGUAGE GROUP: Warlpiri
COMMUNITY: Yuendumu, NT
Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson has lived most of her life in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal settlement located 290 kms northwest of Alice Springs in the northern Territory of Australia. She attended the local school and then attended Batchelor College, Darwin where she received a Diploma in teaching as an Assistant Teacher. She has worked on and off over the years at Yuendumu School.
She is married and has five children and many grandchildren. Felicity is the daughter of renowned artist Shorty Jangala Robertson who has been working with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 1988.
In 2007 Felicity went to Melbourne where she represented her father's painting. Felicity has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists since 2002 and has exhibited her art work in Group Exhibitions since 2005. She was also one of the artists who helped paint the Yuendumu School Doors. Felicity paints at the art centre and at home. At home, she likes to tell her grandchildren her Dreaming while she paints. She paints her Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) and Watiyawarnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming) stories, stories passed down to her from her father and his father's father before him. These stories are creation stories that relate to Felicity's family's traditional country, traditions that stretch back at least fifty millennia. Felicity likes to paint, "it makes me comfortable painting all the different Ngapa and Watiyawarnu designs".
Biography Courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation