Judy Napangardi Watson

(Australia circa 1925 – 17 May 2016)

Community
Yuendumu, Central Desert region
Language group
Warlpiri, Central Desert region

Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Location
Not on display
Further information

Judy Napangardi Watson is widely recognised for her brilliant use of colour and striking compositions which capture the dynamism of her Warlpiri country. In Mina Mina Jukurrpa 2012 Watson gives vivid form to her most important Jukurrpa, which was a recurring subject within her practice. The strong linear elements are reminiscent of the digging sticks that were created at Mina Mina, as well as the hair string skirts worn by women. Aligned vertically on the canvas, these elements also offer an indication of travel and reference an important journey undertaken by women of all ages from the site of Mina Mina towards to the east. This journey has connections to the snake vine and honey ant, as well as the digging sticks and hair string skirts, and is of particular importance to Napangardi and Napanangka women.

Watson spent much of her early life at Mina Mina, which is within her family’s country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts. This area is rich with bush foods including wanakiji (bush plums), yakajirri (bush tomatoes) and wardapi (sand goanna).

Place of origin
Yuendumu, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Warlpiri, Central Desert region
Year
2012
Media
Painting
Medium
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
179.0 x 149.0 cm
Credit
Gift of Simon Chan. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2019
Accession number
130.2019
Copyright
© Judy Napangardi Watson. Licensed by Copyright Agency