Born: Alice Springs, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Warlpiri
COMMUNITY: Nyirripi, NT
Janita is part of the exciting next generation of artists who are developing a modern interpretation of their traditional culture. She has painted with Warlukurlangu Art Centre since 2006.
Janita likes to paint her parents' Dreamings, in particular Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) and Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming). In many of her paintings, she uses short dashes to represent 'mangkurdu' (cumulus and stratocumulus clouds), and longer, flowing lines represent 'ngawarra' (flood waters). Small circles are often used to depict 'mulju' (soakages) and river beds.
She currently lives in Kintore, a small Aboriginal community with a population of about 400 near the NT/WA border. Itís located 127 km south west of her hometown Nyirripi.
Copyright Kate Owen Gallery, December 2022
Image courtesy Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation