Mina Mina, 1999
This early work by Dorothy lends itself to her father’s country. In this painting you can see the artist has reference the rain and salt as seen in some of her other works based on ‘rain, plants and food’. The dotting dancing across the country of the ceremonial site of origin for the Jukurrpa, known as Mina Mina.
As the Dreaming is patrilineal, the father is instrumental in teaching as are his sisters. The auntie and niece relationship is of upmost importance in the conservation of culture.
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.