Mina Mina, 1999
Dorothy was a keen observer of the seasons and how it affected the landscape. In the following work, her experimentation with rain is depicted as a steady fall of rain. In addition to white, the blue-grey strokes are intersperses with the strokes using the ochre yellow and red of the landscape.
With the fine dust often prevalent in the air of the arid region, when it does rain, the initial rainfall will often be laced with dust, collecting on the raindrops as they fall in the desert region.
As the rain falls across and onto ‘country’, the water tracks across the landscape, into rockholes, claypans and salt lakes.
The painting works on two levels, as a look straight ahead at the falling rain, as it teems down onto the desert and from an aerial perspective, the movement of the raindrops sweeping across the landscape.
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.