Marie Napurrulla was born in 1968 and comes from Central Australia. Marie has seven
children and several grandchildren. She relocated from New South Wales to Alice Springs several years ago to retrace her family’s history and reconnect more closely with her Aboriginality.
Marie’s artworks are titled “My Grandmothers Journey” and she uses traditional iconography to depict the physical and spiritual journey that her grandmother would take travelling from place to place on walkabout. Marie imagined the tracks
and stopping points that her grandmother must have made as she crossed the hot and arid landscape time after time between cattle stations and the Lutheran mission.
Her grandmother had been a cameleer and Aboriginal women at the time would often accompany the men assisting
with local knowledge, and the transportation of goods as well as working as cooks. These journeys were long and difficult and would often require special resilience to cope with the harsh conditions of the desert