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Dorothy Robinson Napangardi

Salt on Mina Mina - 2008

Synthetic polymer on Belgian linen
198 x 122 cm
Price Realised: $36,600.00

MP #694


Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT Cat No. 10002DN
Private Collection, NSW

Dorothy began creating works tracing the grid-like patterns of the salt encrustations on the Mina Mina clay pans in 1997, marking a significant artistic shift in her work. Over the following three-year period, her paintings became less and less contrived and increasingly spare, all detail pared back to the barest essentials. These new works compelled the spectators eye to dance across the painted surface, just as the Karntakulangu ancestral women danced in their hundreds across the country during the region's creation.

As these works developed, Dorothy’s extraordinary spatial ability enabled her to create mimetic grids and lines of white dots (on a black ground) or black dots (on a white ground, such as in this lovely work), tracing the travels of her female ancestors as they danced their way, in joyous exultation, through the saltpans, Spinifex, and sand hills, clutching their digging sticks in outstretched hands.

Kathleen Petyarre has been quoted as saying 'those Walpiri ladies, they’re mad about dancing, they go round and round and round dancing, they’re always dancing'. Little wonder that the surfaces of Dorothy’s canvases become dense rhythms of grids, as she mapped the paths of these dancing women.