Warlukurlangu Jukurrpa (Fire Country Dreaming) by Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson
acrylic on canvas
unstretched 61 cm x 61 cm
Theo paints her fiery trails across the landscape in desert colours of orange, pink and purple. Her white dotting resembles the shimmer of ash.Theo uses an unrestricted palette and loves to create patterns that depict a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson was born in 1989 in Alice Springs. Theo was born to Mika and Ursula Napangardi Hudson, with whom she lived in Nyirripi, a remote Aboriginal community located 440 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. Theo attended the local school until she was 14 years and later joined the Nyirripi Night Patrol, a service that provides safe transportation; diversion from contact with the criminal justice system; and intervention to prevent disorder in communities.
Theo began painting with the Warlukurlangu Aboriginal Corporation, as her mother did, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu in 2002, when she was just 13 years of age. “I would watch my Grandmother paint and listen to her stories”. She began to paint in earnest with the art centre in 2006. Warlukurlangu makes regular visits to Nyirripi to drop off canvas, paint and brushes for the artists and to collect finished artwork. Theo paints both her mother and father's Dreamings. The artist paints Yuparli Jukurrpa (Bush Banana Dreaming) from her mother’s side and Pikilyi Jukuurpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming) from her father’s side. These Dreamings have been passed down through the millennia.
When Theo is not painting and looking after her family she likes to go hunting for Yurrampi (honey ants) and Yuparli (bush banana).
ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME STORY
Artist: Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson