Mabel Juli is a senior Warmun artist. She is a strong Law and Culture woman and an important ceremonial singer and dancer. Juli started painting in the 1980s, at the same time as well-known Warmun artists Queenie McKenzie and Madigan Thomas. The women used to watch Rover Thomas paint and one day he said to them, 'You try yourself, you might make good painting yourself'. Juli says, 'I started thinking about my country, I give it a try'.
Juli is a dedicated, innovative artist who continues to work in natural earth pigments on canvas. She primarily paints the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) stories of her country Darrajayin (also spelt Tarrajayan), which is covered largely by Springvale Station.
Mabel Juli's - Garnkiny Ngarranggarni (Moon Dreaming)
Size: 120cm x 120cm
Medium: Natural ochre and pigments on canvas
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Mabel Juli's - Wardel and Garnkiny
Wardel and Garnkiny. Well this dream by Wardel and Garnkiny (star and moon). That's what my mother and dad told me about that Dream. The moon sits in the east. The star sits on top of the hills, the moon came and climbed that hill. That moon loved his mother in-law, but they told him he couldn't love her and to go away. He left with shame and climbed up the hill and he was looking from on top [of the hill]. He told all the people that they were going to die. He said that he would be the only one living. He cursed those people that he would be the only one coming back alive. He told them, while they were sitting down, 'you are all going to die and i will be still alive, coming out. Every three days i will rise from the dead.' They all died and he was the only one that stayed alive. He came back as the moon, for three days every month.
This is Yariny country in Darrajayin (Springvale Station) which lies south of Warmun. This is Juli's traditional country.
Size: 49cm x 31.5cm
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