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Judy Napangardi Watson

Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Janyinki - 2013

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 122.0 cm
Price Realised: $8,500.00

MP #293


Warlurkulangu Arts, Yuendumu NT Cat No. 54/73
Art Mob, Tas Cat No. AM9614/13
Private Collection, Tas


Cf. for a similar work see Christine Nicholls, 'The Three Napangardi's, 'To the Memory of Maggie Napangardi Watson' in Ryan,J; (ed.) Colour Power-Aboriginal Art Post 1984 in the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, 2004, pp123-125 and p.33 illus.

At Mina Mina, ancestral women danced and performed ceremonies before travelling to Janyinki and other sites as they moved east toward Alcoota. During their ritual dancing, digging sticks rose up out of the ground and the women carried these implements with them on their long journey east singing and dancing all the way, with no sleep. The hairstring is anointed with red ochre and is a secret and sacred connection between the women's ceremony and the country, which enables them to connect with the spirit of the Dreaming. 

They danced with enthusiasm and great enjoyment. The potent life force with which they imbued the country is evoked in Judy’s love of colour and richly textured rippling surface. Painted in the artist's distinct 'dragged' dotting style, Judy mimics the dance of her ancestors across the country during its creation.