Women's Dreaming, 1998
Dorothy Napangardi willingness to explore and experiment with her depiction of ‘country’ are evident in some of her early works. It was her early floral bush food designs that included her lyrical and evocative painting of the bush banana, which won her Best Painting in European Media at the ‘8th National Aboriginal Art Award’ in Darwin NT Australia.
Dorothy had a passion for bush food and in this work Women’s Dreaming, she pays homage to the bush plum and the country where they are found growing. In the tendril-like roots of the painting, you can see the ideas of the women dancing found in her paintings Karntakurlangu (Karnta — means ‘women’, kurlangu — means ‘belonging’).
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.