Marilyn Maria Nangala Turner

Marilyn Maria Nangala Turner

Artworks

Biography

Marilyn Maria Nangala Turner was born in 1979 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Nyirripi, a remote Aboriginal community 450 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She was the granddaughter of Paddy Japanangka Lewis (Dec), multi-talented, he was both a successful artist with Warlukurlangu Artists and a performer featuring in a number of feature films. When Marilyn Maria was little she went to Yuendumu Primary School for a short while then to Yirara College, an Aboriginal college in Alice Springs. She did further studies at Batchelor College, Alice Springs. In 2005 she returned to Nyirripi. She had two sons. Marilyn liked painting, “It makes me feel better”, she said. She had been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2006, shortly after the Art Centre started dropping off canvas, paint and brushes for artists living in Nyirripi. She mainly painted her Grandfather’s Jukurrpa stories, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, Dreamings associated with her grandfather’s country Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Nyirripi and Yuendumu, which is significant to Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men. All of them are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area. Marilyn Maria worked hard to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture. She had one solo exhibition and had exhibited in a number of Group Exhibitions. When Marilyn Maria was not painting or looking after her sons she liked hunting.