Sandhills Meet Salt Country (2006)
This painting represents Dorothy’s most reductive style to date and has a quiet but very powerful feel with minimal black dotting transversing a pristine white background.
From her paintings of sandhills depicted in a palette of browns and ochres, Dorothy has transformed the painting by reducing the colours to black and white, depicting not only the salt country, but where sandhill country meets salt country.
This painting symbolises the light reflecting on the white salt lakes and rows of ever changing sand hills that surround the custodial country of Napangardi/Japangardi or Napanangka/Japangardi kinship.
Excised of colour in order to fully display its strength, the build and build-up of black dotting across the canvas reaches out to the viewer, projecting forward, a gathering of energy.
This is an extremely important women’s site called Mina Mina, towards the border of Northern Territory and Western Australia.
The artist Dorothy Napangardi painting “Sandhills Meet Salt Country”
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.