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"Dancing up Country: The Art of Dorothy Napangardi"
2002-12-11 until 2002-03-09
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Sydney, , AU Australia

Described as on of the most experimental Indigenous painters of Central Australia, Dorothy Napangardi has enjoyed an exponential rise to prominence in recent years. Presenting a selection of works spanning the past decade of Napangardi’s career, this exhibition represents her first major solo exhibition in a public space.

Early paintings, employing a delicate use of feathery brushstrokes and luxuriant colours are exhibited alongside more recent works characterised by their subtle palette and network of dotted lines. These recent, refined works reflect the artist’s strong cultural and ancestral ties to the land. With a focus on the Women’s Dreaming, passed down from her late grandfather via her father, these works follow the long journeys of Women Ancestors from Mina Mina, a significant site in a remote area of the Northern Territory west of Yuendumu. Carrying their digging sticks the women walk and dance, visiting many significant sites, staying in some places to rest, going underground and later re-emerging.

In 1991 Napangardi was awarded the Museums and Art Galleries Award at the 8th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, acknowledging her status as a rising talent. Ten years on her beautiful minimalist white on black work, Salt on Mina Mina, was awarded ‘First Prize’ at the same awards.

IMAGE:
Dorothy Napangardi
Women's Ceremony at Mina Mina, 2002
75 cm x 100 cm


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