Sandhills at Mina Mina (2009)
In this unusual size work the artist Dorothy Napangardi beautifully depicts the Sandhills of Mina Mina, a major women’s ceremonial site, her custodial country, which is located near Lake Mackay in the Tanami Desert, north of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.
Made up of two enormous soakage areas and endless sandhills, it is here that Dorothy and her aunts (Napanangkas) perform rituals of dance and song as part of their passing on of Jukurrpa. Like the sandhills in constant flux across the artist’s country, this painting shows her interpretation of the movement by sandhills across her country.
In portraying her Mina Mina the artist has created a striking linear work that stretches out across the landscape in the white on black and delicate ochre tones. This painting can be read like a map through which the women move; across the terrain, around the soakages of Mina Mina and it’s crustations of salt; through the spinifex clumps and over the sandhills. The artist’s fascination with the movements across “country” is beautifully captured in this painting, taking the viewer on a journey as the eyes move across the canvas.
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.