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"Thorny Devil Dreaming" by Jacinta Numina

Jacinta Numina

"Thorny Devil Dreaming" by Jacinta Numina


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    About Jacinta:

    Daughter of highly regarded elder and women’s' business story keeper Barbara Price Mtjimbana, Jacinta went to primary school at Stirling Station near Tennant Creek. Her mother's homelands. Later Jacinta went to Kormilda College in Darwin for high school as did most of her sisters: The Numina Sisters. Jacinta is one of the elder sisters of these six well known desert artists.

    Jacinta also has two brothers; her dear father is passed away and her mum still paints from time to time. Like her sisters and mother, she comes from a long line of desert painters of the contemporary Aboriginal art and dot-dot central desert movement from well renowned painter aunties: Gloria and Kathleen Petyerre, who are well established artists in Alice Springs.

    Jacinta lives in Darwin where her works are collected by universities, art dealers and art lovers from around the world. Jacinta is married with children.  She works part time in government. Jacinta regularly travels back to home lands to visit family and her beloved mother. Jacinta finds it difficult to stop painting - the process seems to take her back home.

    Many women from the Petyarre, Mambitji and Numina family name hold custody of themes such as Bush Medicine Leaves, Bush Tucker, Seeded, Soakage, Womens' Ceremony. This is common with other skin groups across the vast arid creek beds and red sand of central Australia.
    Reinforcing these Dreamings through their artworks gives respect for Country and ancestors. The knowledge must be retold and handed on to younger generations as a part of building ones cultural identity.

    The Numina Sisters have all been taught to paint by their artist-grandmothers, mother-auntys, and cousin-sisters connected across the Central Desert region. Their mother's and grandmother's Country are in the bush and remote Stirling Station.

    About the artwork:

    This painting depicts the story of the skin of the “thorny devil” which is referred to by Anmatyerre people as “mountain devil lizard”. The thorny devil is a beautifully patterned dragon-like creature with barbs and humps across its back and large, bulging protuberances on its head, camouflaging its eyes. Surviving on small insects, it inhabits the dune areas of the country and can be found across much of the Western Desert. The lizard is said to change colours in the desert as the sun rises and sets and the dew catches upon their skin reflecting the ability of the Mountain Thorny Devil Lizard to change from plain to vivid colours. A very detailed work created by a series of swirls in the alluring colours of yellow, orange, red, pink and white. It captures a feeling of gentle transition and movement.