Aboriginal Art

Dorothy Napangardi

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Born in 1956, Dorothy was encouraged to paint by her close friend and well known artist Eunice Napangardi. Her subject matter, Mina Mina, depicts a major women”s ceremonial site in the artist”s custodial country, located near Wilkinkarra (Lake McKay) in the Tanami Desert, north of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.

During the Jukurrpa (The Dream Time), ancestral women of the Napagardi and Napanangka subsection groups gathered to collect ceremonial digging sticks, and then performed ceremonies. From the air the sacred site of Mina Mina looks like small regular shapes with fine white edges.
The area is actually soakages which are predominantly dry leaving the dry cracked earth delineated by salt. In her striking fine pale dotting Dorothy depicts this.

Unfortuately Dorothy passed away in June 2013. She will be sorely missed.

Collections:
National 118th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Darwin, NT.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australia, Australia
Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
Queensland Museum, QLD, Australia
Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany.
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, LA, USA.
The Kaplan-Levi Collection, Seattle, USA.
The Vroom Collection, The Netherlands
The Erskine Collection, NSW, Australia
The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, WA, Australia
The Australia Council Collection, Sydney, Australia
South Australian Festival Centre Foundation, Adelaide, Australia
The Homesglen Institute of TAFE Collection, Victoria, Australia

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