Jessie Nungarrayi Bartlett
Jessie Nungarrayi Bartlett is a Pintupi/Warlpiri woman from Kiwirrkurra/Lake MacKay (Wilkinkarra) in Western Australia.
Jessie was bought up around well-known artists, Turkey Tolson, Uta Uta Tjangala, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Mick Namararai Tjapaltjarri, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula (grandfathers brother) and Pinta Pinta (her grandmothers, brother) who were part of the emerging Western Desert art movement. Jessie witnessed and was influenced by the great works of these artists and it was these early leaders that gave her a rare insight into the cultural perspectives of Pintupi people.
Mitjili Napanangka Gibson (Jessie’s grandmother) was a key influence to Jessie to paint about her family’s traditional stories, life and the memories she has of growing up. Her grandmother told her that Jukurrpa is continuous and is our life stories and dreams, and that we should paint them.
Jessie’s art includes traditional stories of the western desert, as well as representations of her continuing practice of culture and connection to an ancient landscape. Jessie’s paintings are multi-layered and sometimes feature various stories on the one canvass.
Jessie began painting in 2015 and is currently building an impressive body of work, whilst balancing her full-time employment at the Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) in Alice Springs, interpreting in Warlpiri and raising her two young children with her Arrernte partner, Joel Perrurle Liddle.
- Western Desert