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- Object: Dancing Up Country (Karntakulangu Jukurrpa)
Abstract composition of white spots on a black ground, in the portfolio 'Two Women, Republic Unlimited', published by Leo Christie, 21C, Sydney, 2002
Aquatint on cream wove paper
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Height: 690 millimetres
Height: 760 millimetres
Width: 470 millimetres (image)
Width: 558 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Stephen Coppel, 'Out of Australia: Prints and Drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas', with a contribution by Wally Caruana on Aboriginal prints, BMP, 2011, no.109.
This aquatint etching, like Napangardi's canvases of the same subject, relates to the intersection of two of the major ancestral narratives of the region: the Warnjarrakurlu Jukurrpa (Two Male Snakes Dreaming) and the Kartnakurlangu Jukurrpa (Women's Digging Stick Dreaming). The chaotic and violent encounters between these two groups of ancestors established a precedent for social order and the law. Napangardi's image focuses on the ancestral women's activities in the ancestral landscape around Mina Mina, where pointed digging sticks emerged from the ground. The dotted lines intimate the journey of the ancestral women as they traversed the desert. The stands of desert oaks that are found around Mina Mina today are considered to be transformations of the ancestral digging sticks. While Napangardi's images are a response to ancestral events, they also reflect the nature of the country. This work and others made after 2001 were inspired by the sight of vast tracts of the central desert flooded by torrential rains in the previous year.
The print comes from the first portfolio released by the Sydney print publisher Leo Christie under his rubric, 'Republic Unlimited', in 2002. It was printed by Basil Hall of Basil Hall Editions in Darwin. In that year Christie announced that he would publish an annual portfolio containing at least two prints 'representative of the best printmakers in Australia during the years from 2002 until a Republic is declared'. The first portfolio contained the work of two Aboriginal women artists, Napangardi working in the centre of Australia, and Kitty Kantilla living in Melville Island off the northern coast of Australia. Kantilla's contribution was a colour screenprint, 'Untitled (Pumpuni Jilamara)', also made in 2002.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 May-Sept, BM, 'Out of Australia', cat. no.109.
2015 Jun-Sep, Jarrow, Bede’s World, Indigenous Australia Spotlight Tour
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