Neil Murphy Indigenous Art, Sydney, NSW
Tjala Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW
Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Ngoia Napaljarri Pollard paints her father’s country. This country is sacred Warlpiri territory with a strong association of narratives relating to ‘watersnake’. The oval shapes in her paintings are iconographic representations of the swamps and lakes near Nyruppi north west of Mt. Liebig where Ngoia lives.
In her paintings Ngoia depicts the wet and dry characteristics of Nyruppi (Talarada), a region charged with the spiritual presence of a ‘watersnake’ which lives beneath the surface. Ngoia describes this terrain as being dangerous. This area is currently unnoccupied Warlpiri land where her father hunted prior to white presence. Ngoia has special custodianship responsibilities over this area.Share