Dorothy Napangardi would often experiment on smaller scale works ’esquisse’, that were exploratory studies on ideas in her head. Often, they would be preliminary studies before larger works.
In this example of ‘sandhills’ Dorothy uses her minimalist colour palette to depict the movement of sand across the dunes. The stylisation of the work directs the viewer forwards and backwards across the space and evokes a feminine touch in the placement of the dots.
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.