Memories of Country, 2006
Dorothy Napangardi is celebrated for her ability to innovate, accept new challenges and reinvent herself.
In Memories of Country, Dorothy has created a striking grid and check-like design that is reminiscent of a reptile skin.
Source: Honouring and Remembering the Art and Life of Dorothy Napangardi 1987-2013; The Story of Mina Mina, p42
Dorothy Napangardi has created a striking check-like design using white and yellow on a black background mapping her memories of ‘her country’, Mina Mina to which she is a custodian along with others born here of the Nangala and Napangardi kinship groups. This is a patrilineal auntie to niece relationship which is key to your rights and responsibilities.
This major women’s ceremonial site is the artist’s custodial country located near Lake Mackay in the Tanami Desert, north of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory of Australia and is made up of two enormous soakage areas that, rarely filled with water, exist as clay-pans.
As indicated, this painting can be read like a map, through which women move across the terrain, around the soakages of Mina Mina and its crustations of salt; through the spinifex clumps and over the sandhills. Caring for country means burning the giant grey spinifex clumps in the right season, providing fresh new growth for animals and good for hunting.
One of the leading artists of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, Napangardi’s work is highly sought after by both collectors and curators worldwide. Her paintings and prints have been widely exhibited and are in all national collections within Australia and in major collections worldwide including most recently the MET, New York. Napangardi had the honour of being the 2nd indigenous artist to be given a solo survey exhibition at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Sydney that traced 11 years of her painting career in 1991.