This delicate very minimal work shows yet another development in the ever-evolving style of Dorothy Napangardi. This work depicts ‘sandhills’ across the sacred site of Mina Mina, of which the artist is custodial owner. The site is located near Lake Mackay in the Tanami Desert, north of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Made up of two enormous soakage areas and endless sand hills, 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 sand hills in constant flux around and through the artist’s country so too does this work depict the movement across the landscape, the flux and rippling effect produced, like that of the wind’s tracks in the sand.
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.