In this striking and rare style of painting by Dorothy Napangardi, she paints her ‘borning country’ in the most traditional way of painting the ‘Tingari Cycle’. Normally reserved for men and senior women, who have the rights to country, and connected with their father, Dorothy sat with her father who sang beside her the short song cycles that accompanied the ceremonies associated with this country.
This artwork by Dorothy was painted in 2003, after having spent two weeks with her father Paddy Japanangka Lewis on a back to country trip, along with her aunties (patrilineal Napanangka). This deep connection with country inspired Napangardi to paint the country as a traditional map showing the extended claypans, sand dunes, fresh water sources, ridges, and gathering spots. It is a physical and spiritual map.
The site is Mina Mina, Dorothy’s ‘borning place’ the dreaming which is Kanta Kurlangu (Belonging to Women).
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.