Salt at Mina Mina (2008)
This beautiful lyrical work is a major women’s ceremonial site known as Mina Mina, the Dorothy Napangardi’s custodial country, which is located near Lake Mackay in the Tanami Desert, north of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.
Using a myriad of white dots set against a black background, Dorothy has created a shifting sea of wonderfully harmonious movement that gathers and disperses across the canvas. Dorothy depicts the crustrations of salt stretching infinitely onward, etched by the tracks of the women as their paths stretch on, crossing and merging, telling their stories.
During the Jukurrpa Ancestral women of the Napangardi and Napanangka sub-section groups (aunt / niece relationship, in which knowledge is passed from one to the other) gathered to collect ceremonial digging sticks (karlangu) that had emerged from the ground. They then proceeded east, performing rituals of song and dance, to the place known as Jankinyi. A large stand of Desert Oaks (Allocasuarina decaisneana) now grow where these digging sticks emerged from the ground.
A gorgeous Dorothy Napangardi with her beautiful work "Salt on Mina Mina" (Cat 13359DN)
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.