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Makinti Napanangka

Untitled (Hairstring at Lulpinga rock hole) - 2004

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
120.0 x 183.0 cm
Price Realised: $3,172.00

MP #414


Red Sand Art Gallery, Alice Springs, NT Cat No. 081004
Tjala Aboriginal Art, NSW
The Mike Chandler Collection, NSW


accompanied by a Red Sand Art Gallery certificate of authenticity and an image of the work hanging the the home of Mike Chandler


Collector’s Edition, August 2013, Cooee Art Gallery

Makinti’s gestural style and bold line work was derived from painting with her fingers dipped in earth ochres onto her clanswomen’s bodies for ceremony. The tactile surfaces of her paintings reflect this touching and sensing, just as her painterly use of colour and form generates a sense of celebration and movement. Through these haptic surfaces Makinti maintains her cultural traditions while the images serve to revivify the journeying of her two ancestral female ancestors, the Kungka Kutjarra as they dance their way across the country. Their travels follow the desert water sources and, particularly in Makinti’s art, Lupulnga, the rockhole where she was born and where her connections to her spiritual origins are felt. Small ovoid roundels, often in linear sequence, denote this crossing of country. Caring for country is an important motivation for this bond, as the water sources must be cleared of debris and sand to keep them, and the life they support, fresh and flowing.


In this painting the Kungka Kutjarra (Two Women) visit Lulpinga rock hole. They dig for the small animal Kuningka (Western Quoll). These animals usually live in burrows and occasionally in hollow logs that have been inhabited by other animals, such as the Burrowing Bettong or Rabbits.

The lines through the work evoke the body painting for women’s ceremonies and more particularly represent spun hair- string, which is used to make belts worn by women during ceremonies associated with this Rockhole site.