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Maggie Watson Napangardi

Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa (Women Dreaming) - 1993

synthetic polymer on Belgian linen
54.0 x 47.0 cm
Price Realised: $2,000.00

MP #322


Private Collection, SA
Lawson Menzies Auction November 2004, Lot 135
Private Collection, UK


Accompanied by 3 photographs of the artist working on the paintings on canvas and 3 of her with the artwork


The Collectors Edition, August 2015, Coo-ee Art Gallery, NSW

Maggie Watson was a leader amongst a group of women artists who began to challenge the dominance of men’s acrylic painting in the Central Desert region from the mid 1980s. The emergence of these women in Yuendumu and simultaneously in Utopia (amongst Anamtjerre and Alyawarre peoples) challenged the notion that men were the sole guardians of the visual life of these communities. 


The country associated with this painting is Mina Mina, a place far west of Yuendumu, significant to Napangardi and Napanangka women who are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area. The Dreaming describes the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled east gathering food, collecting Ngalyipi (Tinospora smilacina or snake vine) and performing ceremonies as they travelled.