Sabrina Nangala Robertson
LANGUAGE GROUP: Warlpiri
COMMUNITY: Yuendumu, NT
Sabrina Nangala Robertson was born in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is the daughter of the acclaimed Aboriginal artist Dorothy Napangadi. Sabrina grew up in Yuendumu and went to the local school. She now alternates between living in Yuendumu and Alice Springs. She has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre in Yuendumu, since 2005. She paints her father’s Jukurrpa or Dreaming; stories passed down to her by her father and her father’s father before her for millennia. These stories relate to her traditional land, Pirlinyarnu (Mt Farewell), its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it.
The site of Pirlinyarnu (Mt Farewell), is located about 165km west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm that collided with another storm from Wapurtali. The two storms travelled across the country, from Kalimpinpa near Kintore. A Kirralanji (brown falcon) carried the storm further west until it dropped at Pirlinyarnu, forming an enormous Maliri (lake). A mulju (water soakage, depicted in this artwork) exists in this place today. At Puyurru the bird dug up a ‘warnayarra’ (rainbow serpent). The serpent carried water with it to create another large lake. Whenever it rains today, hundreds of ‘ngapangarlpa’ (bush ducks) still flock to Pirlinyarnu. The ‘kirda’ (custodians) for this Jukurrpa (dreaming) are the Jangala/Jampijinpa men and Nangala/Nampijinpa women.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2020 Dorothy’s Daughters and Friends, Art Mob, Hobart
2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 The Children of the Warlpiri, Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
2019 Fire Country – Warlukurlangu Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2018 Land and Sky – Warlpiri Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2017 The Nangala Sisters, Kate Owen Gallery
2015 Warlukurlangu Artists in residence, Kate Owen Gallery
2014 Dorothy Remembered, Kate Owen Gallery
2013 Gestuelles – The Art of Transmission by Aboriginal Desert Women, IDAIA – International Development for Australian Indigenous Art, Alliances Francaises in Australia.
2010 Exposition d’art aborig�ne d’Australie, IDAIA and Galerie Princesse de Kiev, France
2010 Colours of Yuendumu, Marianne Newman Gallery, NSW
2010 Star Dreaming, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2009 Desert Colours, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
2014 Dorothy Remembered, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney