Stephanie Napurrurla Nelson
Stephanie Napurrurla Nelson was born in 1984 in the Northern Territory town of Alice Springs. She grew up 290km from there, in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community in the remote Tanami Desert region of Central Australia. Stephanie's Auntie is Bessie Nakamarra Sims, who was one of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre in Yuendumu. Stephanie has painted at the art centre since 2000, initially under the guidance of Bessie, from whom she was handed the Dreaming stories she paints. These ancient stories have been passed down in this way through many generations of her Warlpiri ancestors over thousands of years. Stephanie’s Dreamings include Ngapa, (water) Janganpa (possum), Yarla (bush potato), Karnta (women), Marlu (kangaroo), and Pamabaru (flying ant).