Item - Salt at Mina Mina

ID UNSW P 2006/0985 (100190)
Artist Dorothy NAPANGARDI ROBINSON (c. 1950 - 2013)
Title Salt at Mina Mina
Alternate Titles
Category Painting
Medium acrylic on linen
Materials acrylic pigments, linen support
Edition Number n/a
Measurements (cms)  
  Height 100.00
  Width 150.00
  Depth 0.00
  Other Frame: 153 x 103.5 x 6 cms
  Signed not signed
  When 2004
  Where Australia, NT, Yuendumu
Style Western Desert
Subject Mina Mina, sacred site
Credit Line Purchased 2006
Description/Remarks    This painting depicts a major women's ceremonial site known as Mina Mina, the artist's custodial country, located near Lake McKay in the Tanami Desert, north of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. During the Jukurrpa, ancestral women from the Napangardi and Napanangka subsection groups gathered to collect ceremonial digging sticks called "kuturu" that emerged from the ground. They then proceeded east, performing song and dance rituals, to the place known as Jankinyi. A large belt of eucalyptus trees now stands where the digging sticks were once gathered. Topographically, the sacred site of Mina Mina consists of two enormous soakage areas that rarely fill with water and exist as clay pans. As water soaks into the ground, small areas of earth dry out and lift at the edges, becoming delineated by salt. In this painting Napangardi depicts the encrustations of salt stretching outward, etched with the tracks of the women as their paths crossed the pans. (Explanation courtesy of Gallery Gondwana)
Exhibition History

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