Beyond Mina Mina (Bilby Dreaming), 2007
This artwork is inspired by knowledge given to Dorothy by her father, Paddy Japanangka Lewis and his sister Mitjili Napanangka Gibson about her actual conception site — a small claypan which is associated with the Bilby Dreaming to the south west of the two large claypans of Mina Mina — (Napangardi’s custodial country).
This work painted in 2007 came after a ‘Back to Country’ trip to Mina Mina in 2006 with Dorothy’s extended family. The roundels and concentric circles with intercepting lines depicts her Bilby Dreaming site and a use of colours that is different from her minimalist black and white works.
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.