This unusual and delightful work by Dorothy Napangardi offers a beautiful interpretation of ‘country’.
Held in one perspective you can see the desert oak tree, then turn it around and you can see roots, below where the digging sticks emerged from the ground.
Viewed from above the sandhills emanate in and out and the tracks during the Jukurrpa Ancestral women of the Napangardi and Napanangka sub-section groups 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.
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.