Debra Nakamarra Young
Country: Kintore NT
: Debra comes from a highly influential family of famous aboriginal artist. Debra is the daughter of Walangkurra Napangka and Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula. Debra’s sisters are also well known artists Katherine Marshall Nakamarra and Lorraine Nakamarra Yungut. Her Mother is one of the last generation to remember a childhood lived in the desert hunting and gathering with her family, Katherine’s paintings recall the stories of country and the location of specific sites in her traditional homeland west of the salt lake of Karrkurutinjinya (Lake Macdonald).
Tjintjintjin refers to rockholes, soakage and water sites in an area near Kiwirrkurra. Katherine uses striking colours and heavy dot work to depict traditional sacred women's sites in the Kintore area, which is located 250km west of Debra’s birthplace. The concentric circles commonly seen in her paintings represent the important ceremonial sites for Debra and her ancestors and the connecting lines between the circles are the ancient traveling paths that lead to these sites.