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Nancy Nungurrayi

Women's Dreaming - 2003

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
121.0 x 90.0 cm
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MP #728


Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 12777
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings

Nancy Nungurrayi was born at Maya, north west of Kintore. As a small child she lived with her parents at Wala Wala, west of the Kiwirrkurra Community.


She walked to Papunya carrying her first child after her husband passed away, and began painting for Papunya Tula artists in 1996. Nancy and her older sister, Naata Nungurrayi, with eight other women from Walunguru, took part in a collaborative painting, which was exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1999.

Nancy has a distinctive technique and uses the large 'U' shapes in her artwork to represent the body paint designs painted on womens' breasts when taking part in the women's ceremony. Many of her paintings depict women grinding wangunu, a grass seed used to make traditional damper. Apart from the symbols used to represent the women and their activities, Nancy depicts sand hills, (tali) and the rocky hills (puli) as a series of curved linear patterns.