Topsy Napurrurla Fisher

Topsy Napurrurla Fisher

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Biography

Topsy Napurrurla Fisher was born on Mount Doreen Station, about 55 km west of Yuendumu, and when she was young went bush with her family where she was educated in the traditional Aboriginal way, learning about country and traditions. She lived in Nyirripi, an Aboriginal Community 460 kms NW from Alice Springs, in the Central Desert of Australia. Topsy was a widow and had one son and one daughter as well as eight grandchildren. Topsy painted for Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 1987. She painted her Father’s Jukurrpa (dreaming) associated with her country called Mawurrtji, which is north of Nyirripi. The Jukurrpa belongs to all Napurrula, Nakamarra, Japurrula, and Jakamarra. The stories she painted are creation stories which are closely associated with her traditional country, the features and animals found on that land. When Topsy was not painting she loved to go hunting for goanna. Her friends said that she was a very good hunter. She passed away in Nyirripi in 2013.