Rosie Nangala Flemming




About Artist:
Rosie was born in about 1928. She and her late husband left their ancestral country to live in Yuendumu when it began as a government established settlement after the Second World War. As a young woman Rosie Nangala began working for Mrs Fleming, a Baptist missionary who assisted her in establishing the Walpiri Women's Dreaming Museum at Yuendum in the late 1970's. This was a place for ceremonial objects and artefacts to be kept and a centre for women to meet.

Rosie became president of the Museum and administered it for many years. She uses traditional iconography to represent the Jukurrpa, her Dreaming, which relates to the waitya-warnu seeds, which come from a tree of the same name. Such seeds were an important part of the food chain of the Aboriginal people Rosie made artefacts, seed necklaces and mats for a number of years and was one of the first women to paint with acrylic on canvas when Warlukurlangu Artists was established in 1985. Her other Dreamings are ngapa (water) and warlukurng. Themes include Ngapa (Water), Warlukurlangu (Fire), Yankirri (Emu).