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Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa (Framed work)

Artist: Dorothy Napangardi

Region: Central Desert

Medium/Type: Limited Edition Print

Size: 25 x 20 cm

Catalogue Number: DN-4.4 ed 23-99

Status: Vatu Sanctuary 2


Plates created: 2002
Catalogue No: DN-4.4
Limited Edition: 99 - Edition 23/99
Image Size: 20 cm x 25 cm
Paper size: 36 cm x 40 cm
Medium: Limited Edition Print
Paper: Hahnemuhle
Studio: Northern Editions, NTU, Darwin, NT
Printer: Simon White, Northern Editions
Publisher: Gallery Gondwana

Retail Price: AUD $630 | Price inclusive of frame

This limited edition etching 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 stand of Desert Oaks (Allocasuarina decaisneana) now grow where these digging sticks once were.

In this etching the artist has created striking black, grey and white designs depicting the ancestral women dancing across the country of Mina Mina across the terrain, around the soakages of Mina Mina and the crustations that form when rainwater recedes, through the spinifex clumps and over the sand hills.

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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

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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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