OPENING NIGHT JULY 31, 6-8PM
ADDRESS: 56 BOGART ST, BROOKLYN, NY
IN THE CHASM GALLERY SPACE
The salt lake, Mina Mina, is a sacred place to Warlpiri women. Kitty Napanganka Simon is one of Mina Mina’s senior custodians and a keeper of women’s Law for this remote and isolated desert landscape, near Lake Mackay, WA.
This Dreaming site, the subject of Simon’s paintings, was created by Karntakurlangu, a large group of ancestral women who danced across the vast salt plain feeding on its wild fruits. The rhythm of their dancing vibrated through the country creating undulating sandhills, water courses and clay pans.
Through the very act of painting, Simon revises and vivifies her knowledge of Country and its creation story, which brought Mina Mina into existence.
THURSDAY - SUNDAY 1-6PM
OR BY APPOINTMENT
Region: Yuendumu, Lajamanu
Napanangka works with a variety of traditional and contemporary art mediums including body paintings in ochre and acrylic on canvas. She is a very traditional lady who understands her culture. Her family are Warlpiri and come from Lake Mackay area. She was born in 1948 in Yuendumu and arrived in Lajamanu at 10 years of age. Napanangka enjoys painting as it is a social activity in Lajamanu. Her experiences of travelling through the desert and life in Lajamanu coupled with knowledge of culture is now shown in defining colours and styles. Kitty uses a mixture of line work, coming from body art and ceremony, and intricate dot work. As well as this Kitty works in bright large merges of colour. This style represents yawulyu (women’s ritual design or art) tradition of Warlpiri women to depict the story of Mina Mina (Lake Mackay).
text © Warnayaka Art Centre