Mina Mina and Colour of Night Sky (2008)
In this beautiful painting Dorothy has depicts a major women’s ceremonial site known as Mina Mina, but unlike previous works that are on a black background, Dorothy has used a background with the hint of the ‘night sky blue’. This is a unique interpretation of Mina Mina at night.
This is the artist’s custodial country located near Lake Mackay in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory. Here she depicts the ancestral women dancing through the day and into the night, across the country of Mina Mina, across the terrain and around the soakages of Mina Mina; and the crustations that form when rainwater recedes; through the spinifex clumps and over the sand hills.
It is 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 belt of Desert Oak trees (Allocasuarina decaisneana) now stand where these digging sticks once were.
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.