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Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 61x30cm
  • Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 61x30cm
  • Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 61x30cm
  • Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 61x30cm
  • Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 61x30cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 46x46cm - ART ARK®
Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 61x30cm
Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 61x30cm
Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 61x30cm
Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 61x30cm
Aboriginal Art - Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 46x46cm - ART ARK®

Susie Nangala Watson, Mina Mina Dreaming, 61x30cm

$269.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Susie Nangala Watson
  • Community - Yuendumu  
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 1761/18
  • Materials - Acrylic on canvas
  • Size(cm) - H61 W30 D2(painted edge)
  • Postage variants - Artwork is posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

This ‘Jukurrpa’ (Dreaming) comes from Mina Mina, a very important women’s Dreaming site far to the west of Yuendumu near Lake Mackay and the WA border. The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this Dreaming are Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men; the area is sacred to Napangardi and Napanangka women. There are a number of ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and a ‘maluri’ (clay pan) at Mina Mina.

In the Dreamtime, ancestral women danced at Mina Mina and ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks) rose up out of the ground. The women collected the digging sticks and then travelled on to the east, dancing, digging for bush tucker, collecting ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina]), and creating many places as they went. ‘Ngalyipi’ is a rope-like creeper that grows up the trunks and limbs of trees, including ‘kurrkara’ (desert oak [Allocasuarina decaisneana]). It is used as a ceremonial wrap and as a strap to carry ‘parraja’ (coolamons) and ‘ngami’ (water carriers). ‘Ngalyipi’ is also used to tie around the forehead to cure headaches, and to bind cuts.

The women stopped at Karntakurlangu, Janyinki, Parapurnta, Kimayi, and Munyuparntiparnti, sites spanning from the west to the east of Yuendumu. When they stopped, the women dug for bush foods like ‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffle [Elderia arenivaga]). The Dreaming track eventually took them far beyond Warlpiri country. The track passed through Coniston in Anmatyerre country to the east, and then went on to Alcoota and Aileron far to the northeast of Yuendumu and eventually on into Queensland.

In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. In many paintings of this Jukurrpa, sinuous lines are used to represent the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine). Concentric circles are often used to represent the ‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffles) that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used to depict the ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks).

Susie Nangala Watson was born in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal settlement 290 kms northwest of Alice Springs. She went to the local high school and has lived there most of her life. She is the daughter of the renowned artist, Judy Napangardi Watson. She has lived for long periods of time in Lajamanu and often spends time in Balgo where she also has family. Susie is married and has three children. She has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2000. She paints the stories that are directly related to her traditional country. Susie uses bold bright colours, building on traditions that stretch back at least fifty millennia, while developing a modern individualistic style to depict her traditional Jukurrpa.




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