Queenie McKenzie

(Australia circa 1915 – 16 Nov 1998)

Community
Warmun (Turkey Creek), Kimberley region
Language group
Gija, Kimberley region

Mingmarriya, from the portfolio Crossroads

Other titles:
Mingarriya
Location
Not on display
Further information

The print shows hills in the country called Mingmarriya, near Dingo Springs to the east of Warmum (Turkey Creek) Western Australia, where Queenie McKenzie lived and painted. The artist took one of her Aboriginal names, Mingmarriya, from this country.

Mingmarriya is limestone country. The light blue lines in Queenie's etching are the graves of old people buried in this country. The country is also associated with a Dreamtime story about kangaroos. In this story, all the animals were once human before they turned into a creature. From the creature, they then turned into hills, water or other sea and land forms.

Extract from the 'Crossroads' portfolio

Place of origin
Warmun (Turkey Creek), East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
Year
1997
Media
Print
Medium
etching, aquatint, blue ink on white wove Velin Arches 280gsm paper
Dimensions
44.9 x 60.6 cm platemark; 56.9 x 76.2 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r. with blue ink thumb print. Not dated.

Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999
Accession number
62.1999.10