Mina Mina (Memories of Country)

Artist: Dorothy Napangardi

Region: Central & Western Deserts

Medium/Type: Limited Edition Print

Size: 56 x 76 cm

Catalogue Number: DN-24

Price: 550.00


In hommage to our special friend Dorothy, this is a special price of AUD $ 550 plus a copy of the book celebrating Dorothy’s art and life as this artwork features on page 42

Date: 2008
Catalogue No: DN-24
Limited Edition: 99
Image Size: 50 x 39 cm
Paper & size: Magnani pescia, 76 x 56 cm
Edition sequence: 3 colours – black/white/red ochre
Medium: Limited Edition Screenprint
Produced at: Silkscreen painted by Dorothy Napangardi at Basil Hall Editions in 2008
Printer: Basil Hall Editions, Darwin, NT

This screen print depicts a major women’s ceremonial site known as Mina Mina, the artist’s custodial country, located near Lake Mackay in the Tanami Desert, north of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. During the Jukurrpa Ancestral women of the Napangardi and Napanangka sub-section groups (aunt / niece relationship, in which knowledge is passed from one to the other) gathered to collect ceremonial digging sticks (karlangu) that had emerged from the ground.  They then proceeded east, performing rituals of song and dance, to the place known as Jankinyi. A large belt of trees (Allocasuarina decaisneana) now stand where these digging sticks once were.

This screen print shows yet another development in the ever-evolving style of Dorothy Napangardi. As with all of this artist’s works, this painting revolves around the sacred site of Mina Mina, the land in the remote Tanami Desert of which Dorothy is custodial owner.  Made up of two enormous soakage areas and endless sandhills, here Dorothy and her aunts (Napanangkas) perform rituals of dance and song as part of their passing on of Jukurrpa.

Using a myriad of coloured dots set against a black background Dorothy has created a shifting sea of wonderfully harmonious colour that gathers and disperses across the paper. Like the sandhills in constant flux around and through the artist’s country so too does this screen print move, backwards and forwards, the rippling effect produced so like that of the wind’s tracks in the sand.

This work is featured on page 42 in the monograph: Honouring and Remembering the Art and Life of Dorothy Napangardi, 1987-2013 

Extract from publication: The Story of Mina Mina | page 42

Extract from publication: include Mina Mina (Memories of Country) (screenprint) - Cat DN-24 (The Story of Mina Mina | page 42)


Curator’s note:   We are offering a special on four etchings (DN-4.3DN-4.4DN-22DN-24) until the end of the year to coincide and celebrate the major retrospectives of Dorothy’s oeuvre in two galleries simultaneously. Along with every purchase we are offering a free copy of the book titled: Honouring And Remembering The Art And Life Of Dorothy Napangardi

You may be interested in visiting these exhibitions online…

Dorothy Napangardi

Regions: Central Desert, Western Desert

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.

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