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An image of Untitled by Doreen Reid Nakamarra

Doreen Reid Nakamarra

(Australia circa 1955 – 2009)

Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

244.00 x 183.0 cm stretcher

Purchased with funds donated in memory of James Agapitos OAM 2007
Accession number
© Estate of Doreen Reid Nakamarra. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

The Art Centre documentation for this work states:

This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Marrapinti, west of Pollock Hills in Western Australia. The lines in the painting represent the creekbed at the site and the sandhills that surround it.

In ancestral times a group of women of the Nangala and Napangati kinship subsections camped at this site during their travels towards the east. While at the site the women made nose bones, also known as Marrapinti, which are worn through a hole made in the nose web. During ceremonies relating to Marrapinti the older women pierced the nasal septums of the younger women who were participating in the ceremony. Nose bones were originally used by both men and women but are now only inserted by the older generation on ceremonial occasions.

Upon completion of the ceremonies at Marrapinti the women continued their travels east passing through Wala Wala, Ngaminya and Wirrulnga, before heading north-east to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).

Bibliography (2)

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Curator), dOCUMENTA (13): the book of books, 'Participants, biographies, and exhibited objects and works', pg. 674-725, Ostfildern, 2012, 713 (colour illus.).

Hetti Perkins, Art + soul: a journey into the world of Aboriginal art, 'Home + away', pg. 1-86, Carlton, 2010, 28-29 (colour illus.), 278.

Exhibition history (1)

dOCUMENTA (13), Documenta, Kassel, 09 Jun 2012–16 Sep 2012