Karntakurlangu (Women's Dreaming) (Dipytch), 1999
This was one of the first of several series of paintings — primarily as a diptych or triptych.
Both Dorothy and Walala travelled to Canberra for an exhibition and loved seeing banners of paintings promoting their work and both artists proceeded to paint in panels upon their return, experimenting with shapes and forms.
The subject matter is her recurring theme of the important women’s site of Mina MIna, where she lived a nomadic life until she was a young teenager. She had travelled back to perform rituals with her aunties (father’s sisters) in 1998. This also marked an enormous transition in her work.
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.