Dorothy Robinson Napangardi (circa 1956-2013) Salt on Mina Mina, 2003

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Lot 21
Dorothy Robinson Napangardi
(circa 1956-2013)
Salt on Mina Mina, 2003

Sold for AU$ 49,200 (US$ 35,532) inc. premium

Important Australian Art

17 Nov 2021, 18:00 EST

Sydney

Dorothy Robinson Napangardi (circa 1956-2013)
Salt on Mina Mina, 2003
signed verso: 'Dorothy'
inscribed verso with artist's name, size and Gallery Gondwana catalogue number
synthetic polymer paint on linen
169.0 x 244.0cm (66 9/16 x 96 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs (cat. 8017DN)
    Private collection, Sydney

    EXHIBITED
    Ngati Jinta – One Mother, Gallery Gondwana at The Depot Gallery, Sydney, 21 January - 14 February, 2004, cat. 2

    This painting is accompanied by documentation from Gallery Gondwana that reads: 'This painting 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 (Casuaina Decaisneana now stand where these digging sticks once were.

    Topographically, the sacred site of Mina Mina is made up of two enormous soakage areas that, rarely filled with water, exist as clay-pans. As water soaks into the ground small areas of earth dry out and lift at the edges, becoming delineated by salt. In this striking design of white dotting Dorothy depicts the crustations of salt stretching infinitely onward, etched with the tracks of the women as their paths stretch on, crossing and merging; telling their stories.'
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