Karlangu (Digging Sticks) Triptych, 2002
In this triptych we see a forest of desert oak trees. Very slow growing, their root system is a third (at least) of the tree, reaching far down to access the water. These beautiful trees are quite majestic in this far west part of the central desert of Australia. One can understand the importance they hold in many dreaming stories.
This work, connects us to Dorothy’s ‘Karntakurlangu Jurkurrpa’ (which translates as ‘belonging to women’), in which Dorothy depicts women of the Napangardi/Napanangka kinship group, dancing through their country, singing the world into existence.
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.