Selina Numina Napanangka

Selina Numina Napanangka is one of six sisters (Selina, Lanita, Jacinta, Caroline, Louise and Sharon), known in the Aboriginal art world as the Numina Sisters. Rapidly emerging as the next artistic dynasty in the contemporary aboriginal art world they are known for their bright and innovative works. Along with her sisters and her mother, Selina comes from a long line of desert painters of the contemporary Aboriginal art and dot-dot central desert movement.

Primarily taught by her mother Barbara Price Mbtitjana who is an elder painter and cultural elder from Stirling Station, Selina paints their ancestral stories. Knowing, carrying and reinforcing these stories gives respect for Country and ancestors and shows responsibility and care

Her colourful bush medicine leaf paintings are finely and exquisitely detailed.
Like many of the Anmatyerre women from the Utopia Homelands near Ti Tree, one of Selina’s totems is the bush medicine plant which is an Australian native that grows wild in Central Australia. The Kurrajong tree (Brachychiton) are believed to date back some 50 million years with 30 species of the tree ranging from 4 to 30 metres high. The larger trunks of some species can be used for storing water, whilst the leaves are used as bush medicine.

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