Karntakurlangu (Belonging to Women), 2008
In this painting the artist Dororthy Napangardi uses an ochre yellow/gold against a blue/black background to depict her country. As with all this artist’s work, this painting revolves around the sacred site of Mina Mina, the land in the remote Tanami Desert, north of Lake Mackay, of which Dorothy is custodial owner which is made up of two enormous soakage areas and endless sandhills.
Here women of the Napangardi and Napanangka kinship groups perform rituals of dance and song as part of their passing on of traditional knowledge related to the Jukurrpa (the Dreaming).
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.