Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Dreaming)
Margaret Napangardi Brown (1940 - 2013)
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Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Dreaming)
Artist: Margaret Napangardi Brown (1940 - 2013)
Region: Yuendumu, Central Australia
Language Group: Anmatyerre.
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
Dimensions: 118 cm (46.5”) x 81 cm (32”)
The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who traveled to the east gathering food, collecting ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine), and performing ceremonies as they traveled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks) emerged from the ground. Taking these implements the women traveled east creating Janyinki and other sites. Their journey took them far to the east beyond the boundaries of Warlpiri country. The painting is created in strong bold colors: orange, blue, purple, and bright yellow, those tones of color.
Margaret Napangardi Brown was born in 1940 at Mount Doreen Station, an extensive cattle breeding station about 55 km west of Yuendumu, on the way to Nyirripi, in the Northern Territory. She is the eldest of four children, who have all passed away. She remembers traveling around with her family, being taught in the traditional way about her country by her parents. Margaret now lives in Nyirripi, an Aboriginal Community 460 kms north-west of Alice Springs, in the Central Desert of Australia. Margaret married Pegleg Jampijinpa, a successful Pintupi artist who passed away in early 2006. Margaret paints her great grand-father’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings that relate to their land, its features, and the animals and plants that live on the land. These stories have been passed down for millennia.
Group Exhibitions2007 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2007 Warlukurlangu - Aboriginal Art aus Yuendumu, ArtKelch, Freiburg, Germany
2007 Couples, painting partners from Yuendumu & Nyirrpi, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
2007 Vivid Visions, Warlpiri women from Yuendumu and yonder, Cooe Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW
2007 December Stocking, Artereal, Sydney, NSW
2008 Les artistes Warlpiri : l’expression de la terre, The Art Floor, Geneva, Switzerland
2008 Les couleurs du désert australien, L’Antidote, Geneva, Switzerland
2008 Aboriginal Art aus der Central und Western Desert, ArtKelch, Germany
2008 Artists of Nyirripi & Yuendumu, Japangka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2008 Warlukurlangu Artists, the art of Yuendumu, La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain UAE
2008 Warkukurlangu Artists, Established & Emerging Artists, Hogarth Galleries, NSW
2008 Desert Stories, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA
2008 Contemporary Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Harrison Gallery, Sydney NSW
2009 Desert Mob 2009, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
2009 ‘Tracks’ - Bookerlowe Gallery, Texas, USA
2009 Nyirripi & Yuendumu Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2009 Desert Colours, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
2009 Warlukurlangu Survey Show, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2010 Star Dreaming, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2010 Contemporary Traditions, Amelia Johnson Gallery, Hong Kong
2011 Worawa College Exhibition, Healesville, VIC
2012 ‘Gestuelles, The art of transmission by Aboriginal desert women’.